Who Can Get the Third Vaccine measure Now? – NBC Chicago

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are obtainable for millions across the U.S., but what qualifies you to receive the third measure?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed additional doses of all three of the nation’s vaccines last month, causing health departments across the Chicago area to create plans to put additional shots in arms.

For those eligible, patients should receive a booster measure of the COVID vaccine at least six months after their first series of shots, health officials noted.

Here’s a complete breakdown of who is eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID vaccine booster shot, according to the CDC:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot
  • People aged 50+64 years with inner medical conditions should receive a booster measure
  • People aged 18+49 years with inner medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a third vaccine measure

What counts as a qualifying inner health condition? Here’s a list from the CDC:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD, asthma (moderate-to-harsh), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (kind 1 or kind 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • substantial organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorders

In addition to the Pfizer authorization, officials have also cleared booster doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for people with weakened immune systems.

According to the CDC, immunocompromised groups include people who 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 a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or harsh dominant immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • progressive or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-measure corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

The agency notes that “people should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional measure is appropriate for them.”

In addition to before-announced Pfizer vaccine booster shot eligibility, here’s a look at who else can get the booster shots:

  • Moderna COVID-19 Booster Eligibility: Eligibility requirements for Moderna and Pfizer-BioTech booster doses are the same. Individuals must wait at the minimum six months after they complete their initial mRNA COVID-19 dominant vaccine series to receive their booster measure. Eligible individuals include:
    • Individuals aged 65 and older.
    • Long-term care facility residents ages 18 and older.
    • Individuals aged 18 and older with inner medical conditions. Individuals ages 18 – 49 should consider individual benefits and risks, according to CDC guidance.
    • Individuals ages 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, such as healthcare and basic workers, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • J&J COVID-19 Booster Eligibility: A single vaccine booster measure is recommended for individuals 18 and older who received a J&J dominant measure at the minimum 2 months after they receive their initial J&J dominant vaccine measure.
  • Mix & Match Guidance: In generalit is recommended individuals receive the same product for their booster measure as they did for their dominant series.
    • However, if the original product is not obtainable or another product is preferred, mix and matching vaccines with any of the empowered COVID-19 vaccine boosters is allowed.
    • The dominant series of two-measure vaccines should nevertheless be completed with the same product for both doses.

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