Now scheduling Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for ages 12 to 15

The Wright Center for Community Health is accepting appointments for 12- to-15-year-olds to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech third-dose booster shot at community practices in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties after U.S. health authorities gave emergency authorization for the third dose on Jan. 5.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized anyone who is 12 or older to receive the Pfizer booster shot five months after receiving their primary two-dose series. The recent decision also reduced the time between Pfizer’s primary vaccine and booster from six to five months.

The newly approved booster offers the same dosage as the primary vaccine. “As the omicron variant continues to spread, it is important to remember that vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way to ward off infection and defend against serious illness and hospitalization. The vaccines and their boosters have proven to be safe and effective against this pandemic,” said Dr. Jignesh Y. Sheth, chief medical officer of The Wright Center for Community Health 

In addition, the FDA and CDC also approved an additional primary dose of Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, with immune deficiencies, as long as it is 28 days after the second shot. 

Now scheduling COVID-19 vaccines for children

We are now administering kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, based on the latest CDC recommendations.

Children in this age group will receive 10-micrograms of the Pfizer vaccine – one-third of the amount given to teens and adults. Eligible children will receive two shots, scheduled three weeks apart. 

Appointments can be made at the following Wright Center for Community Health locations: The Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave.; The Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn; The South Franklin Street Practice, 335 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre; and The West Scranton Intermediate School-Based Health practice, 1401 Fellows St., Scranton.

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Third dose boosters available for all adults and 16 and 17-year-olds

We are now administering booster doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for all adults. Anyone 18 and older who received their Pfizer or Moderna primary vaccine at least six months ago or received a Johnson & Johnson doses at least two months ago is eligible for the booster.

We’re also administering Pfizer third-dose boosters for 16- and-17-year-olds at our Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn and South Franklin Street/Children’s Service Center Practice in Wilkes-Barre for those who received their second dose vaccination six months ago.

Adults 18 and over seeking the Pfizer booster can also make an appointment at our Mid Valley Practice. Moderna boosters for those 18 and older are available at all other Wright Center locations, including, Clarks Summit, Hawley, Kingston, Scranton Counseling Center, South Franklin Street Practice, Wilkes-Barre; West Scranton Intermediate School-Based Practice and Mid Valley.

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COVID-19 Vaccines: Patient Choice

Attention Patients:
You have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine WITH or WITHOUT an office visit.

You can choose:

  • Vaccine only
  • Vaccine with vital sign assessment
  • Vaccine with vital sign assessment and primary care office visit

As a primary care provider that strives to provide the highest level of care to patients and families, we encourage patients to engage in a primary care office visit while receiving vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine. However, you have the option to choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine only, should you wish to do so.

The cost of the actual COVID-19 vaccine distributed by the government is free. There is a standard COVID-19 vaccine administration fee which is covered by insurance plans. If you do not have insurance, there will be no cost to you for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you choose to have a vital sign assessment and/or a primary care office visit, you will be charged for the visit which will be billed to your health insurance provider. Depending on your health insurance plan, you may be required to pay an out-of-pocket expense such as a co-pay, co-insurance, and/or a deductible.

We will never deny a health service based on inability to pay. We have a sliding fee discount program available for eligible individuals.

We are now scheduling all members of the community ages 12 and up for COVID-19 vaccines. Those patients between the ages of 12 and 17 who are seeking COVID vaccinations please be aware that appointments for this age group with the approved Pfizer vaccine are only available at our Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn. A parent or guardian must accompany patients ages 17 and under to appointments.

How to Schedule Your Appointment
You can make an online appointment by clicking above or through our Call Center at any primary care location that’s easiest for you. Please click here for more info: Locations – The Wright Center.

After You Schedule Your Appointment:
You will receive a pre-visit packet via email or text message that must be completed before you arrive for your appointment.

Upon Arrival at Your Appointment:
Please bring your photo ID and insurance cards if you have them. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, we offer a sliding fee discount program.

Our new COVID-19 testing and infusion suite is open at our Scranton Practice. It features its own entrance and exit, thereby creating better infection control by separating COVID-19 patients from those seeking routine care. Please follow the sidewalk and signage on the side of the practice to the entrance at the far left side of the building and ring the door bell for assistance.

COVID-19 Testing

We offer COVID-19 testing at all of our practices. You can choose to have a COVID-19 test with or without an office visit.

*Please note: Due to a national shortage of supplies, 50-minute PCR rapid testing is limited and may not be available at the time of your appointment.  If you require a PCR test and we do not have rapid PCR tests available, your test may be sent to an outside laboratory, causing a delay in your test results. Please know that 15-minute Antigen tests are readily available. 

*Important Update: We are currently only receiving PCR testing supplies that test for COVID-19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Influenza A and B, which is four tests in one. 

Again, if you require a PCR test please know that it may need to be sent to an outside lab, and wait times will vary depending on lab processing times.

For more information on turnaround times on your PCR test, please contact:

  • Health Network Laboratory (adult testing) at 1-877-402-4221
  • LabCorp (children) 1-800-845-6167

*Also: COVID tests for travel plans (or other activities), are not typically covered by insurance. Patients will be billed for out-of-pocket expenses. And because of supply levels, we are sending out all PCR testing for travel and other activities to outside labs which means results can be delayed (please see above).                 

The Wright Center will never discriminate in our care delivery services based on ability to pay, and we have a Sliding Fee Discount Program for eligible individuals who meet the federal poverty guidelines income requirements. We will never deny a primary or other health service based on inability to pay.

We offer self-swab tests as well as PCR and Antigen tests. Our clinicians will determine whether to use rapid-result tests based on each individual’s symptoms, exposure and risk factors.

COVID-19 Infusion Therapy

The Wright Center offers outpatient COVID-19 Infusion Therapy using Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Therapy in high-risk patients who are COVID-positive. This therapy must be administered within 10 days of COVID symptoms and/or after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Monoclonal Antibody infusion therapy can save lives, decrease suffering by alleviating symptoms, prevent further spread of the virus and relieve the burden on already-stressed area hospitals and ERs.

Our clinical teams have streamlined the referral process so if you test positive at one of our locations, you can be immediately scheduled for infusion therapy. We also offer this service to non-Wright Center patients within 10 days of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Therapy is easy to administer and your entire appointment and treatment will take about two hours.

To make an appointment, call:

Please note:

We recommend infusion therapy patients dress warmly and even bring a blanket with them. The medicine involved requires cooler temperatures and patients often develop chills during treatment. Reading materials, personal music devices and other related entertainment are recommended to pass the time.

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