Last updated: August 17, 2021
On Friday, August 13, 2021, the CDC recommended that patients with moderate to severe immunosuppression who have received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine should receive a third (“booster”) vaccination.
What to Know About Booster Doses
Only patients with moderate to severe immunosuppression are currently qualified to receive the booster.
Examples of “moderate to severe immunosuppression” include: Asplenia, Cancer (Solid Tumor and Hematologic Malignancies), Chronic Renal Disease, HIV, and Organ/Bone Marrow Transplant, along with patients who are taking immune-suppressive medications for autoimmune conditions such as Colitis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s estimated that 2.7% of US adults are immunocompromised patients.
Additional Facts About a Booster Dose:
- Chronic disease conditions (such as diabetes and hypertension) are not clinical indications for receiving a booster dose; patients are encouraged to speak with their Primary Care Provider if they have any questions about qualifying for a booster dose.
- As existing clinical data is insufficient, there are no current recommendations on a booster dose for patients who have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Patients must be at least 28 days from administration of the second vaccine to receive the booster dose.
- It’s recommended to receive the same manufacturer as the initial vaccine series.
How Can You Receive a Booster?
The COVID Immunization Clinic is open most Mondays through Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located on the second floor of 1241 W Stadium Blvd.
You can sign up for an appointment by calling our COVID Clinic at (573) 556-7745.
Signing Up – Online
Go to https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/AGNVY0 and follow the instructions.
What Else Should I Know?
- Patients with compromised immune systems may still be at risk for COVID-19, even with the additional vaccine dose. They should continue to take precautions, including wearing masks, avoiding crowded, indoor, poorly ventilated places that are higher risk for spreading COVID-19, and practicing good hand hygiene.
- Vaccine supply at JCMG remains strong and we are well prepared to administer booster doses to our patients.