COVId-19 vaccine

**This information will be updated frequently as guidelines from the CDC and Department of Health change**  

Third Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Who is eligible & recommended to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?


Moderately to severely immunocompromised patients are now recommended to receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after the completion of their initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Please note, this is not a booster and only applies to immunocompromised patients that received either Pfizer or Moderna. Immunocompromised patients who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are not indicated to receive another dose at this time. It is recommended these patients receive the same vaccine for their third dose as they received for their first two.




Moderately to severely immunocompromised includes people who:


  • 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 (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day for > 14 days) or other drugs that may suppress your immune response [e.g., alkylating agents (cyclophosphamide); antimetabolites (methotrexate); transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs (cyclosporine, tacrolimus, everolimus); TNF-blockers (etanercept)
  • Other condition(s) which cause moderate or severe immunosuppression similar to the above conditions




What is the difference between a booster dose and an additional (or third) dose?


Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting an additional (or third) dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity).




If an immunocompromised person already got an additional/third dose, will they need to get a booster dose as well?


People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Their immune systems may not have built the same level of immunity with a 2-dose vaccine series compared with people who are not immunocompromised. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people will require a booster dose.





We are currently scheduling dose 3 appointments for immunocompromised patients.  Please schedule online below.

Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine at Hartzell's Pharmacy

**Please note that we have recently moved to a new scheduling and patient record system.  When you sign up for an appointment you will need to create an account and register with our new system. You will be able to manage your appointments, make new appointments, cancel and reschedule directly through your login.**  

PARENTS & CARETAKERS: Please note only register 1 email account to a single person.  If you are scheduling for family members (children, other adults without email addresses) please add them as family members to your primary account.  You may now schedule appointments for multiple people at one time and manage their information within a single account!

(Pfizer vaccine is available to 12 years of age and older)

(Moderna vaccine is available to 18 years of age and older)

(Janssen "J&J" is a single dose vaccine available to 18 years of age and older)

In-store and Curbside options are available for all vaccines. If you prefer a curbside appointment, please call the pharmacy when you arrive.

COVID-19 FAQ

Who is eligible & recommended to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?


Moderately to severely immunocompromised patients are now recommended to receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after the completion of their initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Please note, this is not a booster and only applies to immunocompromised patients that received either Pfizer or Moderna. Immunocompromised patients who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are not indicated to receive another dose at this time. It is recommended these patients receive the same vaccine for their third dose as they received for their first two.




Moderately to severely immunocompromised includes people who:


  • 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 (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day for > 14 days) or other drugs that may suppress your immune response [e.g., alkylating agents (cyclophosphamide); antimetabolites (methotrexate); transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs (cyclosporine, tacrolimus, everolimus); TNF-blockers (etanercept)
  • Other condition(s) which cause moderate or severe immunosuppression similar to the above conditions




What is the difference between a booster dose and an additional (or third) dose?


Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting an additional (or third) dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity).




If an immunocompromised person already got an additional/third dose, will they need to get a booster dose as well?


People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. Their immune systems may not have built the same level of immunity with a 2-dose vaccine series compared with people who are not immunocompromised. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people will require a booster dose.





All requests will be completed via our online forms per the defined distribution phase from the PA Department of Health.