Fourth COVID Vaccine Dose Available at Community Health Centers
(Honesdale, PA, April 6, 2022) … Individuals age 50 and older or those with underlying conditions may make an appointment to receive an additional booster of the COVID-19 vaccine through Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers’ primary care offices. This would be a fourth dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or a third dose (second booster) of Johnson & Johnson. The vaccines are recommended at least four months after receiving the last dose of any of these federally-approved vaccines.
WMCHC Medical Director James Cruse, MD, calls these booster injections acceptable but not required for those who are not at high risk. However, he indicates that individuals who are most vulnerable due to either an existing medical condition or COVID exposure risk should seek out the additional booster at this time.
“In patients with significant underlying risk factors such as diabetes, cancer, heart or lung disease, age over 80 or on immune suppressing meds, I recommend going ahead and getting the booster,” stated Dr. Cruse. “I am also recommending the booster in eligible patients who have a high risk of exposure.”
Dr. Cruse went on to say, “with case levels are at their lowest point since last summer, I am also recommending my patients who are not at high risk of exposure or severe outcome wait to get this booster until cases are rising again.”
To make an appointment visit www.wmchc.net and click on the SCHEDULE A VACCINE BUTTON at the top of the page. Please note that the only WMCHC office offering J & J is the Hamlin Family Health Center and it will not be available after April 22.
For those without internet access, please call 570-253-8197 for assistance.