COVID-19 Vaccine

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Walk-Ins

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are approved for all individuals that received the initial two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine AND are at least 6 months post second shot.

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Recommendations from the CDC include:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people who are ages 18 years and older may  get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available. 

Additional details on underlying medical conditions can be found on the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

Please speak with your primary care provider to determine if the booster is right for you.

WHS vaccine clinics are only administering the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. If you are looking for Moderna or J&J, please locate a vaccine provider at www.vaccines.gov.

Weekday clinics will be open to anyone that meets the qualifications for a booster. This includes anyone 18 and over that is 6 months post second shot.

The clinics will also accept anyone that is seeking a first or second dose of Pfizer (12 and over during weekday clinics and 5-11 exclusively at the pediatric clinics). Note – The booster is the same dose as the 1st/2nd vaccinations.

Locations and hours can be found on the page below.

Your booster should be administered no earlier than 6 months after completion of the first series if you had Pfizer or Moderna.  For example, if you received your 2nd dose in August 2021, you would be eligible for the booster in February 2022.

(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 walk-in only. No appointment necessary.

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.

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.

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.

According to the latest information from the CDC, you can have a booster that is different than your initial dose series.

Details can be found on their website: cdc.gov

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COVID-19 vaccines  are approved for emergency use, for those that are ages 5-11 years old.

Many parents have questions and here are a few FAQs that could help.

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WHS vaccine clinics are only administering the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

If your child is a patient of one of these offices, you can call the office to schedule a vaccine appointemnt.

  • WHS Washington Pediatrics
  • WHS Waterdam Pediatrics
  • WHS Family Medicine California
  • WHS Family Medicine Waynesburg
  • WHS Family Medicine Neighbor Health, Cecil, and/or Canonsburg

If you would like to vaccinate your child at a WHS Clinic, please note that you must bring them to the proper clinic based on their age.  Your child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The adult must bring photo ID and sign a consent form.

12 and over will be vaccinated at our weekday clinics. 

5-11 will be vaccinated at our pediatric weekend clinics. 

Hours and details for both clinics are found on this page, below.

The reason for the separation – Children 5-11 receive a dose that is one third of the dose given to 12+ .

Anyone under 18 must be accompanies by a parent or legal guardian.

It is very important that you bring the following items with you to your child’s vaccination:

  • Parent or legal guardian will need to show Driver’s license or other legal form of I.D.
  • Reading glasses if you need them. You will need to sign papers.
  • A mask! All WHS facilities require you to wear a mask inside.

Yes. They can receive the 3rd (additional) dose to complete their original  series,  if their pediatrician or primary care provider suggests they do so.

“Third dose” and “Boosters” are different in terms of timing and eligibility.

Only those 18-64 (those that are not immune compromised but have conditions that make them susceptible to COVID) and those 65+ are eligible to receive the booster. 12-18 are not eligible for a booster.

According to the CDC, if your child gets the pediatric dose as their first shot ( at 11 years old) and then had a birthday before their second shot, their second does could be either the pediatric dose or the 12 and over dose.   Dosing is based off of age not weight because they are basing it off the immunologic maturity of the child.

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Locations and hours for 12 years and older:

( Note: WHS WILL NOT be administering vaccinations to anyone under the age of 12 during our normal weekly COVID vaccination clinics. Children 5-11 receive a dose that is one third of the dose given to 12+ . Please check back for pediatric vaccination clinic information or call your WHS pediatrician office to schedule an appointment. )

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. PARKING IS FREE FOR THE FIRST 70 MINUTES.

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.  PARKING IS FREE.

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

If you are looking for Moderna, please locate a vaccine provider at www.vaccines.gov.

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Locations and hours for 5-11 years old:

( Note: WHS WILL NOT be administering vaccinations to anyone over the age of 12 during the pediatric COVID vaccination clinic hours. Children 5-11 receive a dose that is one third of the dose given to 12+ . )

Washington: The Washington Hospital Stout Conference Center.

155 Wilson Ave, Washington Pa 15301

Saturday, December 11th      8:00AM – Noon

Saturday, January 8th      8:00AM – Noon

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.

Still have questions:

If you have questions and would like to speak with someone, please call our COVID Vaccine Hotline at 724.579.1100 or email covidvaccine@whs.org

Consent Form

If you would like to print the consent for before arriving – download here.

For more vaccine related FAQs – click 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

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