Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people who have been fully vaccinated receive an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine . 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
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. The booster should be given at least 28 days after the second dose of the previous mRNA vaccine.
There is no charge for a vaccine booster or additional documentation needed. Just inform the clinic staff that you are moderately or severely immune compromised. It is recommended that your booster be the same brand as your first vaccine (MODERNA or PFIZER. Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosters are not currently available), although either brand may be administered if the other is not available. The CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time, but it’s likely that approval of boosters for the general public will be announced next month, beginning with the original high-priority groups who completed vaccination at least 8 months prior. We’ll keep our residents updated on this and other developments.
To find the closest Health Department COVID-19 clinic location and hours, click HERE (you can get a booster at any provider, regardless of where you got your previous vaccines)
CDC COVID-19 booster information: click HERE