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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 geisinger.org/covidvax.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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