Now Scheduling Third Dose Appointments
On Sept. 24, the CDC endorsed a third dose of Pfizer six months after a second dose for:
- Older adults age 65+ and those living in long-term care facilities
- Adults ages 50-64 at high risk of severe COVID-19, due to underlying medical conditions
- Adults ages 18-49 at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions should consider a booster based on an assessment of their individual benefits and risks and consultation with their medical provider.
- Adults age 18-64 for people whose jobs put them at high risk for COVID-19 (for example healthcare workers, grocery store employees, prison guards, teachers).
The Wright Center for Community Health has begun scheduling and administering third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at its Mid Valley Clinic in Jermyn.
Earlier this month, the CDC already had begun recommending that people with compromised immune systems who had received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine get a third shot of the same type to boost their protection from COVID-19; the third shot should be received at least 28 days after the second dose.
The recommendation is for people who are “moderately to severely immunocompromised.”
“People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised make up about 3% of the adult population,” according to the CDC, “and are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness.”
This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- A moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Appointments to receive the third dose Moderna vaccine may be made at our Scranton, Mid Valley, Clarks Summit, Kingston, Hawley, South Franklin Street and school-based health locations.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Patient Choice
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.
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, 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.
*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.
TWCCH 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 less than 90 minutes.
To make an appointment, call 570-230-0019.