Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is ready to provide a third COVID-19 vaccine shot to people whose immunity is moderately or severely weakened by certain health conditions or medications.
Vaccine shots will be available for immunocompromised patients starting today, Aug. 16, 2021. Registration is encouraged, though walk-ins will be accepted.
Registration can be completed through MyLVHN, our patient portal, at MyLVHN.org, at LVHN.org/vaccines or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD). The hotline is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be offered at all LVHN COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.
Who should get a third vaccine shot?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late Thursday (8/12) recommended third shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for moderately or severely immunocompromised patients, those with weakened immune systems. On Friday (8/13), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), followed with its guidance, formalizing the approval for a third shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The FDA and CDC recommend a third vaccine shot for those with a range of conditions, such as recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advanced or untreated HIV infection, active recipients of treatment for cancer, people who are taking some medications that weaken the immune system, and others. More detailed information is at CDC.gov. Individuals may also be advised by their doctor to get a third vaccine dose.