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CDC Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations for Immunocompromised Persons

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its recommendations for vaccination against COVID-19 for people with moderate or severe immunosuppression.

Emerging data suggests that some people with moderate to severe immune systems do not always develop the same level of immunity compared to people who are not immunosuppressed. CDC recommendations ensure that everyone, including those most vulnerable to COVID-19, gets the best possible protection through vaccination.

For people age 12 and older who are immunocompromised and have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or age 18 and older who have received the Moderna vaccine, the CDC recommends that they receive three initial doses plus a booster dose at least three months after their third dose. This shortens the time between a person’s third dose and their booster, which was previously recommended at least five months after the third dose.

For people over the age of 18 who are immunocompromised and who received a single Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC now recommends that they receive a total of three doses of the vaccine, including:
The initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson primary vaccine;
An additional dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); and
A booster dose (preferably of an mRNA vaccine) at least two months after the second dose.

NCDHHS encourages people who have questions about which booster is right for them to talk with their doctor.

These new recommendations apply to people over 12 years of age. Booster doses are not yet available for children ages 5 to 11. Children 5 to 17 years of age with moderate or severe immunosuppression can only receive the Pfizer vaccine as an additional dose.

See the CDC’s summary of recent changes here.

For more information on boosters and additional doses for people who are immunocompromised and where you can find a vaccination appointment near you, visit MySpot.nc.gov. The North Carolina Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567 can also help you make an appointment. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its recommendations for vaccination against COVID-19 for people with moderate to severe immune compromise.

New data suggesting that some people with moderate to severe immune compromise do not always develop the same level of immunity compared to people who are not immunosuppressed. CDC recommendations ensure that everyone, including people most vulnerable to COVID-19, got the best possible protection through vaccination.

For people 12 years of age or older with a compromised immune system who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine or 18 years or older who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends that they receive three doses plus a booster dose at least three months after your third dose. This shortens the time between a person’s third dose and their booster dose, which was previously recommended at least five months after the third dose.

For people 18 years of age or older with a compromised immune system who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC now recommends that they receive a total of three doses of the vaccine, including:

  • the initial dose of the Johnson & Johnson primary vaccine;
  • an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); and
  • a booster dose (preferably of an mRNA vaccine) at least two months after the second dose.

NCDHHS encourages people who have questions about which booster dose is right for them to talk to their doctor.

These new recommendations apply to people 12 years of age and older. Booster doses are not yet available for children ages 5 to 11. Children ages 5 through 17 with moderate to severe immune compromise can only receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as an additional dose.

Read the CDC’s summary of recent changes here .

For more information on booster doses and additional doses for people with a compromised immune system and to see where you can find a vaccination appointment near you, visit Vaccinate.nc.gov. The North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccination Help Center at 888-675-4567 can also help make an appointment. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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