Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?
Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
-Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
-Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
-Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
-Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
-Advanced or untreated HIV infection
-Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Can you mix and match the vaccines?
For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used.
A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered.
How long after getting my initial COVID-19 vaccines can I get an additional dose?
CDC recommends the additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered at least four weeks (28 days) after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Can I get my additional dose at a different place than where I got my initial vaccinations?
Yes. You can get your additional (3rd) dose of the COVID vaccination at a different vaccination location than where you initially got the vaccine. It is more important that you try and stay with the same manufacturer. If you initially got the Moderna vaccine, get the Moderna for your additional dose. If you initially got the Pfizer vaccine, get the Pfizer for your additional dose.
What should immunocompromised people who received the J&J/Janssen vaccine do?
The FDA’s recent EUA amendment only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, as does CDC’s recommendation.
Emerging data have demonstrated that immunocompromised people who have low or no protection following two doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may have an improved response after an additional dose of the same vaccine. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine.
Can I get my additional COVID -19 vaccine at the Bethlehem Health Bureau?
You can get an additional dose (3rd dose) of Pfizer vaccine at the Bethlehem Health Bureau (BHB) if your initial COVID-19 vaccine was Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer). BHB currently does not have the Moderna VOBID vaccine in stock.
But both the Moderna COVID Vaccine and Pfizer Vaccine are available at most doctor’s offices, pharmacies and other vaccine providers.
Please see the following link for additional dose FAQs:
City of Bethlehem
Bethlehem Health Bureau is actively monitoring the situation and working very closely with the PA Department of Health.
Both health networks have established hotlines for coronavirus questions, including symptom and treatment guidance. They are strongly encouraging the public to utilize these hotlines before heading into emergency rooms or urgent cares. The health networks currently have test kits that can and will be used when deemed medically relevant and are expecting more shipments in coming days. For both these hotlines, nurses will be assessing symptoms in accordance with the most recent CDC guidelines.
LVHN Hotline: (888) 402-LVHN (5846), will direct to the new myLVHNrn system to begin the screening process.
St. Luke's Hotline: 1 (866) STLUKES (866) 785- 8537, select option 7 to begin the screening. Email Address: email@example.com
**For the most recent information on the Delta Variant, please see the following link
covid-19 Vaccine clinic dates and registration
(Please note that the Bethlehem Health Bureau only has Pfizer available at this time)
To schedule an appointment click on the following upcoming clinic dates or call 610-865-7083.
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Every effort should be made to receive your second vaccination on within the recommended 17-23 day time period; however, if there is an extenuating circumstance that prohibits receiving the vaccine in the recommended timeframe, select the next available clinic that stays within the 42 day maximum time period.
Monday, September 20, 2021 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Bethlehem Health Bureau)
Monday, September 27, 2021 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Bethlehem Health Bureau)
Monday, October 4, 2021 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Bethlehem Health Bureau)
Monday, October 11, 2021 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Bethlehem Health Bureau)
Monday, October 18, 2021 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Bethlehem Health Bureau)
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Bethlehem Health Bureau)
Bethlehem Health Bureau Vaccine Distribution Data
COVID-19 Dashboard for BHB Vaccinations
For information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the following link
City of Bethlehem COVID-19 data
NOTE: The positivity rates for City of Bethlehem, Northampton and Lehigh Counties, and Pennsylvania have been adjusted to a positivity rate reflecting the previous 7 days. This was done to show a more accurate depiction of the current situation.
Testing Sites and Information
For information on COVID-19 testing, please see the following link
mental health Resources
If COVID-19 is making you feel isolated, stressed out or anxious, you are not alone - and it's okay to ask for help
Behavioral Health Services
Lehigh County Crisis Intervention. Licensed telephone and mobile crisis services that provide mental health assessments regardless of income or insurance. Crisis Intervention operates 24-hour/7 days a week. Lehigh County Crisis Intervention can be contacted at 610-782-3127.
Staff from the Office of Mental Health are available to answer questions about the programs and services available. If you are actively receiving mental health services in the County system, they can assist you. If you are not currently registered in the County Mental Health system and wish to access County funded/supportive services, please call Information and referral at 610-782-3200.
Other resources available to Pennsylvanians in need of support:
• Northampton County Crisis Hotline : 610-252-9060
• Greater Lehigh Valley Warmline 6:00 AM – 2:00 AM, 7 days a week:
• Statewide Support & Referral Helpline: 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
• Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
• Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
• Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
• Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
For any additional information, please visit the following websites:
PA Department of Health (PADOH)
PADOH has created a new Hospital Preparedness Dashboard that provides county-level information about how many beds and ventilators are in use and available to meet our health care needs. Please see the following link.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)