Henderson County Health Department Vaccine Update

Currently, people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can get a 3rd shot. However, immunocompromised people who have recently completed their vaccination cycle must wait to get a third shot until 28 days after their second shot. People who are needing the third dose of vaccine should get the same brand of vaccine they received for their first shot, either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive a third dose. This includes people who have:
• Been receiving active 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

People who are not immunocompromised, who are wanting a 3rd (booster) shot, can receive them starting the week of September 20. Federal health officials are prepared to offer booster shots for people in the U.S. beginning the week of September 20, 2021 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose. Federal health officials also anticipate booster shots will likely be needed for people who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Administration of the J&J vaccine did not begin in the U.S until March of 2021, and health officials expect more data on J&J in the next few weeks.

For more information, contact the Henderson County Health Department at 309-627-2812.