People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can now get a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Third doses are NOT currently being recommended for any other groups.
While authorized vaccines have proven to be more than 90% effective in protecting against most variants, emerging data suggest people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems do not always build the same level of immunity compared to people who are not immunocompromised.
As a result, the FDA, CDC and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup are recommending a third dose of mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccines to 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
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
At this time, no additional dose is recommended for people who had the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received the J&J vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine. People who received J&J should not get a second dose of either J&J or a dose of an mRNA vaccine.
**Third doses are NOT currently being recommended for any other groups**
Read more on the CDC website: here https://www.cdc.gov/.../vaccines/recommendations/immuno.htm
A list of COVID-19 vaccine clinic options in Pacific County can be found at www.pacificcountycovid19.com or call 360-875-9407 if you need assistance signing up.