COVID-19 Vaccine: Additional 3rd Shot & Booster Shot Information
*Check the CDC Website for Updates That Could Possibly Be More Current * https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html 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. On October 20 and 21, 2021, the FDA has authorized and the CDC then recommended the addition of the Moderna and J&J to the Pfizer Vaccine designation for Booster Shot use for the following individuals: Those who are 65 and older, anybody 18 or older with a high risk of getting COVID, and anybody 18 or older with an occupational health hazard or living in a high risk setting. A period of at least six months must pass after completing the first two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna before you can seek out the Booster Shot. For the J&J Vaccine, the Booster Shot is available at least two months after receiving the single primary dose. The CDC is now allowing individuals to decide which vaccine they prefer to get as the Booster. They are allowing a mix or match approach to the Booster Shot. Some individuals may prefer the same vaccine while others may prefer to get a different vaccine for their Booster. Patients now can also receive a COVID-19 Vaccine and a Flu Vaccine at the same time. We will be administering the vaccination to you in the Pharmacy. UPDATE FRIDAY NOV 19, 2021: The FDA expanded emergency-use authorization for Pfizer and Moderna that now includes a Booster Dose for ALL adults 18 and over. This was followed by unanimous backing of the CDC. We are currently administering Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J Vaccines. (Even though the FDA/CDC has authorized the Pfizer Vaccine for children 5-11 years old, Porter's will only be administering vaccines to patients 12 years of age and older) 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!