Who will be the first people to get a booster dose?
If FDA authorizes and ACIP recommends a booster dose, the goal is for the first people eligible for a booster dose to be those who were the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccination (those who are most at risk). This includes healthcare providers, residents of long-term care facilities, and other older adults. This is not expected to happen till at least September 20, 2021. Stay tuned to this webpage for an announcement for MCHD-based booster clinics!
The 3rd dose of COVID-19 Vaccine IS NOT a booster dose
These additional doses for immunocompromised persons should not be confused with booster doses. At this time, additional booster doses are not authorized or recommended for any individuals based upon waning immunity over time. The need for and timing of a COVID-19 booster dose have not been established, according to the FDA.
Immunocompromised Individuals Definition
“Immunocompromised people are at a much higher risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 and may not develop a sufficient immune response from their primary vaccination series,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. “These individuals have a reduced ability to fight infections and are particularly vulnerable now as the more contagious and more dangerous Delta variant is driving a surge in cases. This additional dose, combined with other prevention strategies including wearing face masks, avoiding crowds and maintaining physical distance, offers another important layer of protection for this small but important population.”
Eligibility to receive 3rd dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
The CDC has further defined this eligible population to include:
Recommended layered prevention
The CDC recommends extra precautions for immunocompromised individuals alongside an additional dose: Immunocompromised people (including those who receive an additional mRNA dose) should be aware of the potential for reduced immune response to COVID-19 vaccination and should follow ongoing prevention measures including: