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Geisinger offering third vaccine dose

Booster shots are available for people who are immunocompromised and have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The delta variant is causing new COVID-19 cases to soar. Nearly 3,500 new cases were reported in the state on Thursday. That's the highest they have been since April 30.

Now, Geisinger Health Systems is offering patients a booster shot for those who have gotten the first two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The booster shot is available right now to those who have compromised immune systems. That includes people who have had organ transplants, cancer, or other illnesses.

"I'm looking for the booster as soon as it's available because I've had COVID, and it wasn't good," Beth Kirby of Exeter said.

"I was like one of the first in my age group to get it when it was open to my age group. I got Pfizer. So, I think boosters are so important too," Ava Smith of Dallas said.

Earlier this year, it was a struggle for many to even book their appointment. So, this time around, Geisinger is mindful to give people options.

People can schedule an appointment online, or they can call 570-284-3657.

"All of those same processes, and all the same ways that our patients went out and got their first vaccine, they can go right to that same resource and say what about the second," Dr. David Pugliese, Geisinger's director of Rheumatology said.

Around this time of year is also when flu shots start rolling out.

So, can people get both at the same time?

"I don't believe there is going to be any interaction between one and the other. There may be an interval, we oftentimes see with vaccinations that we don't pile them all in at one time," Dr. Pugliese said.

If you plan to schedule a booster shot, health professionals say do not forget your vaccination card. If you've lost it, print out your medical records beforehand.

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