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LVHN to close COVID-19 clinics in Easton, Whitehall, other communities

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Alessandra Tarantino
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AP
A nurse of the Public Health Service prepares a syringe with the COVID-19 vaccine

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Lehigh Valley Health Network will close its COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Easton, Whitehall Township and three other regional locations, as well as the network’s Mobile Vaccination Unit, it announced Friday.

The clinics, which also include ones in Hazleton, Pottsville and East Stroudsburg, will shutter on Feb. 3.

  • Lehigh Valley Health Network will close its COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Feb. 3
  • After that, vaccines will be available at primary care practices
  • Appointments can be made starting Feb. 6, though some practices may not have doses of the vaccines until later in the month

After that, initial vaccine doses for people 6 months and older and booster shots for people 5 years and older will be available at all Lehigh Valley Physician Group primary care practices.

Scheduling for COVID-19 vaccines at these practices — which include internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics — will open over the next two weeks, LVHN said.

A majority of the vaccines available will be Pfizer-BioNTech, and individuals will not be able to request the specific brand they want to receive. The Novavax vaccine will no longer be available at any LVHN facilities, the network said.

The community clinics were established by LVHN in spring 2021 to provide easy access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Since December 2020, when the vaccines first became available, LVHN has administered more than 620,000 shots (including primary doses and boosters) to adults, teens and children throughout the region, it said.

Initial vaccine doses and boosters will be given during specific vaccination appointments or as part of yearly physical or sick/problem visits, as long as the patient is not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

While most LVPG primary care practices will offer vaccine appointments starting Feb. 6, some may not have doses of the vaccines until later in the month, LVHN said.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling their LVPG primary care physician’s office or by logging in to your MyLVHN account, which is the network’s patient portal.

Similar to other vaccinations at LVPG practices, an administration fee will be billed to patients’ insurance policies after they have received their shot.

If you to get an initial vaccine series or booster through LVHN but are not a current patient, can call 888-402-LVHN (5846) for an appointment. Initial vaccine series and boosters also are available at retail pharmacies throughout the region.