Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Geisinger and LVHN Offering COVID-19 Vaccines for Ages 5 to 11

After Tuesday's recommendation by the CDC to allow children ages 5 to 11 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, children can now receive the shot from area hospitals.

Shipments of the children's dose of the vaccine were shipped prior and Geisinger and the Lehigh Valley Health Network have already announced they are ready.

Geisinger says they are ready to provide COVID-19 vaccines to those ages 5 to 11 years old beginning November 6,

Appointments at Geisinger for COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 to 11 years old are now available and can be made through MyGeisinger or by calling 570-284-3657. Vaccine appointments will be available at the following locations beginning Saturday, Nov. 6:

  • Geisinger Health Plan Building near Danville
  • Geisinger CenterPoint in Jenkins Township
  • Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

All vaccine locations will be staffed by pediatric care teams, including pediatric nurses and pediatricians. The locations are designed to be as child friendly as possible, with activities available like coloring sheets, stickers and similar items. Saturday appointments are available to accommodate family schedules.

“We know pediatricians and primary care providers are trusted sources of information on vaccines for parents, and we encourage and want parents and guardians to connect with their pediatrician or primary care doctor to ask any vaccine questions,” said Stacey Cummings, M.D., vice chair of Geisinger’s outpatient pediatric services. “Our pediatric team is ready to help families understand the facts behind the vaccine and how to coordinate the COVID-19 vaccine with other age-appropriate vaccines kids need.”

Families can also schedule an appointment at all Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) COVID-19 vaccine clinic locations and select Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Pediatrics practices.

“We at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination for children 5 years of age and older,” says J. Nathan Hagstrom, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. “The FDA has reviewed data for this age group and found the vaccine to be not only effective, but safe as well.”

Parents can schedule their childs appointment through MyLVHN or by calling 888-402-LVHN (5846).

LVHN has also setup a  COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD) that is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

LVHN Vaccine Clinics are set up at 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Northampton Crossings
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Pocono
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Hazleton
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–Schuylkill
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic–MacArthur Road