The FDA has announced approval of a third (booster) dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine for patients who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Following Maine CDC guidelines, you qualify for the Moderna vaccine if you have:
- 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 CAR-T-cell or 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
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
You will be required to sign a consent form, verifying that you have a moderate to severe immune compromised condition. At least 28 days must have passed between your second shot and your third (booster) dose. If you are unsure as to whether you qualify, please reach out to your health care provider to discuss your medical condition, and whether a third dose is appropriate for you at this time.
If you currently meet the requirements listed above, please contact our COVID-19 Vaccine Care Access Team at 207-752-8685 to make an appointment. We are only scheduling appointments for individuals with a moderate to severe immune compromised condition. A provider’s order is not required and we do not have a wait list.
Please note, the CDC recommends you continue to receive the same vaccine that you have been given for your two previous doses (i.e., Moderna or Pfizer). If this is not possible, you may receive the other (York Hospital offers only the Moderna vaccine).
Following the August 18 CDC announcement regarding the availability of booster doses for all adults later this fall, York Hospital continues to monitor the CDC recommendations and guidelines, and will update our policy as plans evolve. At this time, additional doses or booster shots are not being offered to anybody who is not immunocompromised – this includes older adults and/or health care workers – and we do not have a waiting list. More information about booster doses for all vaccinated people will be available in coming weeks. You can read the August 18 CDC announcement by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html.
To clarify for all patients, CDC guidelines recommend at least 28 days between second and third vaccine doses for someone who is immune-compromised. For all adults who are NOT immune-compromised, the CDC guidelines recommend a third dose or booster shot eight months after an individual receives their second dose (Moderna or Pfizer).
Please continue to visit the York Hospital website and our vaccine information page for the latest vaccine information. For further details on the third dose vaccine for immunocompromised individuals, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.