COVID-19 Vaccine: Additional 3rd Shot & Booster Shot Information
*Check CDC.gov Website for Updates That Could Possibly Be More Current * The FDA has authorized, and the CDC does recommend the administration of an additional 3rd Shot of the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine to individuals who are classified as being moderately or severely immunocompromised. The CDC defines the immunocompromised classification to be: 1) Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood 2) Received an organ transplant and taking medicine to suppress the immune system 3) Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or currently taking medicines that are suppressing the immune system 4) Advanced or untreated HIV infection 5) Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids or other drugs suppressing the immune response 6) Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency. The CDC recommends that these vulnerable people get the third shot provided it has been at least 28 days since getting the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine. An additional 3rd Shot applies to those immunocompromised as specified above. It has to be at least 28 days after being fully vaccinated with the two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to get the 3rd Shot. Also at this time, a Booster Shot with only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized by the FDA for patients who are 65 and older, anybody 18 and above with a high risk of getting COVID, and anybody with an occupational health hazard...such as health care workers, are also eligible. A period of at least six months must pass after completing the first two doses before you can seek out the Booster Shot. An FDA authorization for using Moderna for this same patient population is to be discussed October 14-15. We will administer the vaccination to you in the Pharmacy if you decide to get it. We are currently administering both Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines. Just give us a call at the Pharmacy or go to our website Home Page or COVID-19 Vaccine Page to sign up. We can help. Thank you!