For Immediate Release
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Immunocompromised Patients Can Get a Booster Dose Earlier Now
According to the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recommended wait time between booster shot doses for “moderately-to-severely” immunocompromised patients has been shortened from five months to three months.
This new recommendation, which was released by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization this past Friday, is aiming for a more simpler booster schedule for patients with underlying conditions that make them immunocompromised.
Currently, these individuals were scheduled to receive three doses, rather than two, of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine. They then were slated to receive a booster dose at least five months after that third dose.
Under this new guidance, these individuals should now receive a booster dose at least three months after the third dose of their mRNA COVID vaccine. This change comes due to a “concern about initial immune response and loss of protection over time,” according to the CDC.
Moderately-to-severely immunocompromised patients who received the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine were initially recommended to get a booster dose two months after their initial dose under the previous guidance.
Under the revised guidance, patients are now advised to get a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 28 days after the initial dose, with a third dose then recommended two months after the booster shot.
For more information on where you can receive a vaccine and/or booster, please visit our website.
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