COVID-19 Vaccine

Below you will find information related to the COVID-19 Vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Walk-Ins

The CDC recommends a vaccine booster for individuals 16 and older who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).

The booster is the same dose as the 1st/2nd vaccinations.

How do I get my booster?

WHS will be re-opening vaccine clinics to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster. Currently we are set to reopen the week of Sept. 27th. Your booster should be the same as your original series.

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine from WHS or any other vaccine provider. You can receive a booster at one of our clinics, once eligible.

If you received Moderna, please locate a vaccine provider at www.vaccines.gov

When can I get a booster?

Your booster should be administered no earlier than 8 months after completion of the first series. For example, if you received your 2nd dose in April, you would be eligible for the booster in December.

(See below if you are looking for information regarding immunocompromised third doses and not general public boosters.)

If you are eligible for a booster, you can visit one of our WHS walk-in clinics.

Clinics will be open beginning the week of September 27th. No appointment necessary. All clinics are walk-in only, no scheduled appointment required.

Washington: The Washington Hospital Stout Conference Center.

155 Wilson Ave, Washington Pa 15301

                           Tuesdays     8:00AM – 2:00PM

                           Thursdays   12:00PM – 6:00PM

Park in the main garage in front of the hospital. Drive to the far end of the garage to park. Enter at the H door entrance, towards the rear of the garage.

Greene: WHS Greene – First floor inside the former Wellness Center

350 Bonar Ave, Waynesburg Pa 15370

                            Wednesdays              8:00AM – 12:00PM

Park in the main parking lot and enter through the lower-level doors.

What do I need to bring with me?

It is very important that you bring the following items with you:

  • your original vaccination card. We will not accept a photo of it.
  • Anyone over 18 – Driver’s license or other legal form of I.D.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Reading glasses if you need them. You will need to sign papers.
  • A mask! All WHS facilities require you to wear a mask inside.

Where can I get a first and/or Second Dose?

You can walk into one of our vaccine clinics if you are looking to receiving a first or second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

You can also visit vaccines.gov for a list of other local vaccine providers.

Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals: 

The CDC recommends that people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. The third dose is the same dose as the 1st/2nd vaccinations.

Note – This is not a booster but a third shot in the initial series. Studies suggest some people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do. Therefore, they may benefit from an additional dose to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19.

The additional vaccine should be considered for individuals that fall into one or more of the following:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppressive therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
  • OR are moderate to severely immunocompromised as determined by the individual’s health care provider

The additional dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). If the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available, then the other mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. A person should not receive more than three mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses.

If you feel that you fall into one of these categories, please contact your primary care provider. If your health care provider is not at a site administering vaccines, you will need to self-attest and receive the additional vaccine dose wherever vaccines are being offered – vaccines.gov.

Still have questions:

If you have questions and would like to speak with someone, please call our COVID Vaccine Hotline at 724.579.1100.

Consent Form

If you have a scheduled vaccine appointment and would like to print the consent for before arriving – download here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Education

COVID-19 vaccinations offer many benefits to you and your employees. This is one of many tools we can use to keep our community and local workforce safe.

For printable vaccine education, click the links below:

Hand washing poster from PA Dept of Health (Download here)

If you would like to receive updates regarding COVID-19 vaccines and phased roll outs, please sign up for our e-blast at whs.org/covid.

At WHS, we follow all established guidelines set by the PA Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

Questions and Answers

No, it does not contain a live virus. You will not test positive from receiving the vaccine.

While COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to FDA, the double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of about 44,000 people revealed that the vaccine is 95% effective at preventing Covid-19, with no serious side effects—although many vaccine recipients reported moderate, flu-like symptoms after their second dose.

We recommend reading the article “Is Pfizer’s vaccine safe and effective? Our 8 biggest questions, answered.

The vaccine does not contain a live virus. These symptoms are normal and do not mean you have contracted COVID. They are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

You’ll be monitored for approx. 15 minutes after getting a COVID-19 vaccine to see if you have an immediate reaction. Most side effects are mild and happen within the first three days after vaccination and typically last only one to two days.

These side effects include:

  • Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Joint pain

The COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects similar to signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and you develop symptoms more than three days after getting vaccinated or the symptoms last more than two days, self-isolate and get tested.

The COVID Vaccine had been given EUA to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. EUA does not mean that safety was compromised or that the vaccine somehow skipped deep analysis and testing. It simply means that this vaccine was prioritized above all others and that multiple steps worked in parallel together.

There are only 2 ways to develop herd immunity against this virus. One is exposure to the virus itself and the other is vaccination. The risk of active infection is that it can cause serious morbidity and mortality in high risk individuals. The option of vaccination is safe and very effective in all the studies done so far. While eradication is not likely with vaccination alone, it will create enough immunity in the community to prevent serious infections, hospitalizations and hopefully transmission to eventually lead to a more normal life down the line.

At this time it is unclear how long the immunity from natural infection last and there have been cases of reinfection reported. It is currently believed that immunity from vaccination last longer than natural infection. It is therefore recommended that even people with prior COVID-19 infection should receive the vaccination when offered to them.

No. Influenza viruses and coronaviruses are different, so the flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus.

It depends on which vaccine you are given. The Pfizer vaccine will be given 3 weeks apart and the Moderna vaccine is 4 weeks apart. If you received your shot through WHS, you will be scheduled for your next shot while you are in the building receiving your first.

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