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BCPH: COVID-19 booster shots available for immunocompromised people

Butte County Public Health said immunocompromised people can begin receiving the third dose of the COVID-19 shot.

Posted: Aug 23, 2021 11:57 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2021 2:29 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available in Butte County to those who are moderate to severely immunocompromised, according to Butte County Public Health (BCHP).

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines can be administered 28 days or later after the initial completion of the two doses, BCPH said.

Public Health said those who are currently qualified for a third dose should speak with their healthcare provider before getting the booster shot.

Those who can get the third shot can self-attest and no documentation will be required to prove they are immunocompromised, BCHP said.

RELATED: US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Immunocompromised people include people receiving cancer treatment; taking immunosuppressive medications for cancer treatment, stem cell transplants and other health conditions; people with advanced or untreated HIV; and people with primary immunodeficiency syndromes.

BCHP said studies have shown antibodies may decline over time and a third dose is more likely to those who are not immunocompromised at least eight months after being fully activated.

BCHP is waiting for directions from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers of Disease Controls to being allowing a booster shot for the general public. It believes that will happen in mid-to-late September.

On Monday morning, the FDA fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people older than the age of 16 and the third dose for those who are moderate to severely immunocompromised.

For locations and times to receive the vaccine, click here

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