Mount Rogers Health District joins others in offering third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised individuals


MARION, Va. (WFXR) – The Mount Rogers Health District is offering third dose coronavirus vaccines for both Pfizer and Moderna to individuals with weakened immune systems.

This move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its vaccination guidelines to recommend third mRNA doses for people who have significantly compromised immune systems.

Those immunocompromised individuals who have already received two doses of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccines should wait at least 28 days after their second dose before receiving their third dose which should be from the same manufacturer as the previous two doses when possible; however, it is not required.

Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people should receive an additional dose. People who are in this category include:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection; or
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Health districts are recommending to talk to your healthcare provider about their individual medical condition and whether or not getting the third dose is appropriate for them.

Anyone who is significantly immunocompromised should also discuss the possibility of monoclonal antibody treatment options with their healthcare provider in case they become infected with or are exposed to COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at all local health departments and mobile clinics are out in the community.

No insurance or appointments are necessary and the vaccine is free to everyone. Appointments, while not required, can be made by calling your local health department.

For more information about appointments in the Mount Rogers Health District — which serves Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe counties, as well as the cities of Bristol and Galax — click here.

To get vaccine information, click here.

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