Public Health addresses extra COVID-19 vaccine doses for immunocompromised people

The Plumas County Public Health Agency released updated guidance for extra COVID-19 vaccine doses for the immunocompromised:

On August 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended additional doses of mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. This includes people with:

  • Active treatment for cancer
  • An organ transplant
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • A stem-cell transplant within 2 years
  • Moderate to severe immunodeficiency
  • Active treatment with corticosteroids or any other drugs that suppress the immune system

 

People with any of these conditions who have already received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 are advised to talk with their doctor about whether an additional vaccine dose could be beneficial for them.

There is not enough information at this time to recommend an additional dose for immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

If you and your doctor determine that an additional dose is appropriate, the vaccine is available in Plumas County at Eastern Plumas Healthcare, Plumas District Hospital, Quincy Pharmacy and Rite-Aid in Quincy.

Additionally, there has been recent discussion about a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine being offered to the general population. Public Health Director Dana Loomis said that the additional dose would be subject to the FDA conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose before it would be officially authorized.