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The Wright Center for Community Health accepting appointments for third dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine


Scranton, Pa. (Oct 22, 2021) – The Wright Center for Community Health will begin scheduling and administering third-dose boosters of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, Oct. 23 at regional community clinics in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend third doses of the vaccine for additional groups of people, beyond those who are immunocompromised. 

The CDC recommended a half-dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as a third-dose booster at its Oct. 21 meeting. The booster is intended for anyone over the age of 65, those with underlying health conditions that place them at high risk and front-line workers who could be exposed to coronavirus at work. Those who meet the criteria are eligible for the third dose six months or more after receiving the two-dose regimen of Moderna.

The CDC’s latest recommendation follows the same guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration earlier in the month, and previous endorsements by the CDC in September for third-dose boosters of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people at least 28 days after their second dose. The Wright Center for Community Health has been administering the Pfizer and Moderna booster vaccinations since the CDC’s decision last month.

The CDC’s latest recommendation for the Moderna third-dose booster shot includes:

  •  65 years and older.
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings.
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions.
  •  Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings, such as health care workers, teachers, day care staff, grocery works and corrections staff.
  • Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings, such as shelters, correctional institutions and long-term care facilities.

Appointments to receive the third-dose booster of the Moderna vaccine may be made at the following Wright Center for Community Health practices: Scranton, 501 S. Washington Ave.; Mid Valley, 5 S. Washington Ave.; Clarks Summit, 1145 Northern Blvd.; Kingston, 2 Sharpe St.; Hawley, 103 Spruce St.; Wilkes-Barre, 335 S. Franklin St., and school-based health location, 1401 Fellows St., Scranton (West Scranton Intermediate School). To make an appointment, call 570-230-0019 or visit TheWrightCenter.org. 

Although the CDC approved mixing and matching of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations, The Wright Center for Community Health is NOT mixing vaccines. 

COVID-19 vaccinations for children 5-11 years of age have not been approved by the CDC. A decision is expected in early November. Please check The Wright Center for Community Health’s website for the most current information.

People should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition and whether or not getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

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