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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

COVID-19 boosters and flu shots will be offered at Nov. 5 clinic

DANVILLE, Pa. – – Following recent guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Geisinger is now offering single booster doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccine for children age 5 to 11. 

The updated vaccine booster dose includes an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response to protect against COVID-19 and the newer omicron variants (BA.4 and BA.5). Patients must be at least two months out from their initial vaccines or last booster to receive the bivalent booster.

“Geisinger pediatrics is working to protect our children through the winter months by offering the Pfizer bivalent COVID vaccine booster for 5- to 11-year-olds,” said Stacey Cummings, MD, vice chair of outpatient pediatric services. “The vaccine continues to prove its effectiveness in protecting children against COVID-19, and this booster vaccine will help protect youth from getting sick against the newer omicron variants.” 

Those eligible for a booster shot can make an appointment at a Geisinger Pharmacy location via MyGeisinger or the MyChart mobile app, or by calling 570-284-3657. 

Parents can also bring children to a mass vaccination clinic being held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Geisinger Healthplex Woodbine or at Geisinger Healthplex State College. Flu shots also will be offered.

Remember to bring your child’s COVID-19 vaccine card or proof they have received the vaccine to your visit. More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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