The FDA and CDC have authorized providing a third dose of the Pfizer (12 and up) or Moderna (18 and up) COVID-19 vaccines for people whose immune systems are compromised moderately or severely. Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
- Recently received or are currently receiving 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
Please Note: Eligible patients need to wait for a minimum of 28 days after their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before receiving the third dose.
If you are unsure whether you should receive a third dose, please talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are eligible.
At this time, patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not eligible for an additional dose. Additional doses or booster shots are not recommended for any other population at this time.
Those eligible to receive the vaccine can access it through a variety of options, including community-based clinics, health care providers, Local and Tribal Health Departments, and pharmacies. Visit the Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine options page or call the toll free vaccine hotline at 1-844-684-1064 to learn more.”