Third Dose of COVID Vaccine for Immunocompromised Individuals
Northeast Health District clinics and mobile events will begin offering mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) to eligible clients (see below) effective Monday, August 23rd. The additional dose should be the SAME vaccine previously received initially.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that certain patients with weakened immune systems receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. The recommendation does not include J&J vaccine recipients at this time.
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 two 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
Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Additional doses of COVID vaccine for immunocompromised individuals are being offered now.
Booster shots (Pfizer & Moderna) for other individuals are expected to begin in late September.
Please note that an actual start date for booster doses is dependent on many factors, including FDA, CDC, and ACIP authorization.
What about Boosters for J&J/Janssen vaccines?
While it is likely that people who received a J&J COVID-19 vaccine will need a booster dose. Because the J&J/Janssen vaccine wasn’t given in the United States until 70 days after the first mRNA vaccine doses (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), the data needed to make this decision aren’t available yet. These data are expected in the coming weeks. With those data in hand, CDC and other public health agencies will keep the public informed with a timely plan for J&J/Janssen booster shots.
Last Updated on September 13, 2021