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HSHS Readies 3rd COVID Vaccine For Immunocompromised

HSHS Medical Group is now offering a third dose of the mRNA COVID vaccines for Moderna and Pfizer to patients whose immune systems are moderately or severely compromised.  The additional dose can be given at least 28 days after a second dose.  There are still studies being conducted on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine booster. A second dose of J & J is not recommended at this time. 

 

If you feel you are immunocompromised, please contact your doctor.  Guidelines for immunocompromised people include receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood, if you’ve received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, if you received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking meds to suppress the immune system, advanced or untreated HIV infection, moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency or active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids.  Above all else, check with your doctor if you should receive the booster shot.

 

This new booster will help offer protections against the mutation of the virus. Doctors say that the reactions to the third dose are similar to the second dose. According to the CDC, 30% of new COVID cases are in individuals younger than 20.  

 

HSHS continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines to community members who are 12 and older.  A parent or guardian must accompany those age 12-17 when they receive the vaccine.  Pfizer is the only type of COVID-19 vaccine available to those in the 12-17 range. If you would like a COVID vaccination, please make an appointment over phone or online at 1-844-216-4707 or online at www.hshsmyhealthrecord.com and set up a mychart account.

 

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, in Christian County, there have been 23,514 residents who have received at least one dose (71%) with 36% of the population fully vaccinated. 

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