Over the weekend, information began to come out about a 'third' dose or booster for COVID vaccines.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, the CDC and other sources, a third dose or 'booster' has been approved and is now available for persons who have health issues or compromised immune systems. These would be elderly, or others who are at greatest risk of complications from COVID.

According to the Department of Health's website information:

"Health care providers can now offer third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to certain immunocompromised individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP)..."

In fact, according to these sources, it's recommended.

They say such persons should receive this third dose but should wait at least 28 days since their previous 'second' shot. They also said people who are immunocompromised should continue to wear masks.

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You may have noticed recently when you call various pharmacies, especially those who are affiliated with large national retailers, you will hear this information on their telephone prompt systems.

Officials say if, at all possible, persons choosing to get a third dose should utilize the same one as they did before, stick with Pfizer or Maderma. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine requires only one injection, and DOH says at this time J-J does not require a third dose, according to officials.

People with normal or what DOH says are 'competent' immune systems should NOT get the third dose. It's only for high-risk persons, and people should consult their personal doctor before proceeding.

 

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