Last updated: May 7, 2022
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is providing immunocompromised individuals with the third dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines at area clinics. Both Moderna and Pfizer are available at all third dose clinics and third doses are recommended at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The third dose must be from the same manufacturer as the first two doses and has only been recommended for specific eligible groups.
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Third Dose or Booster? The additional “third” dose and the booster dose serve different purposes for different groups of people.
The additional “third” dose is recommended for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, because they may not have built enough protection after the initial series.
In contrast, a booster dose helps boost immune systems for better, longer lasting protection after the strong, initial vaccine protection decreases over time.
Third Dose Eligibility
Currently, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people ages 5 and above receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
- Read CDC Recommendations.
County residents who are interested in the third dose of Pfizer or Moderna should discuss its benefits with their health care providers.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IS TO TALK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ABOUT YOUR CONDITION AND DISCUSS WHETHER AN ADDITIONAL DOSE IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU AT THIS TIME.