Because of the rapid spread of the Delta variant, people have also asked whether vaccinated people need to get an additional COVID-19 booster or 3rd shot. It’s a good question to ask.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems after their initial two-dose vaccine series.
Because the COVID-19 Delta variant is highly contagious, we strongly recommend that everyone continue to wear a mask indoors and avoid large crowds outdoors. These steps can help avoid serious problems resulting from COVID-19—including death.
Who is considered immunocompromised?
Immunocompromised people are those who:
- Have actively been in cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Have received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- With advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Are actively being treated with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress an immune response.
If you meet the conditions for being immunocompromised contact your local pharmacy to schedule a third shot.
For those who are not immunocompromised?
- Plans to give booster or third-dose shots to people who have already been vaccinated was announced August 18 by the CDC.
- Starting the week of September 20, people who got Moderna or Pfizer vaccines will be eligible 8 months after the completion of the two-dose series.
- You can get your third dose at your local pharmacy. Be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccination documentation to verify the completion date of your two-dose series.
- An additional dose is not recommended at this time for people who got the J&J vaccine. However, more information is expected in the coming weeks.