Third vaccine dose ​available in Yolo County to immunocompromised

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Third doses of COVID-19 vaccines are now available in Yolo County to residents ages 12 and up with moderate to severe immune compromise. Residents who believe they are eligible should contact their healthcare providers for information about an additional dose. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration extended the emergency use authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow for booster shots for those who are immunocompromised. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention then announced their recommendation that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine. That recommendation includes those who have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood; people who have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system; those who have received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system; people with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome; people with advanced or untreated HIV infection; and those in active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response. When possible, individuals should receive a third vaccine dose from the same vaccine manufacturer as the original series and the third dose should be administered no sooner than 28 days after the second dose, the county said. The FDA authorization does not extend to those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or to fully vaccinated individuals who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised. Studies of additional doses of Johnson & Johnson for immunocompromised persons are ongoing, the county noted, and results of these studies will determine if and when additional doses are needed for immunocompromised individuals who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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