September 28, 2021
BATH, NY – From The Steuben Co Public Health Office:
Boosters, third doses, vaccine confusion? Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has put together a very thorough flow chart to figure out if you should get or are eligible for any additional doses from the initial 1 (J&J) or 2 (Pfizer and Moderna).
Third doses are available for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. https://www.cdc.gov/…/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html This includes people who are going through cancer treatments, received an organ transplant, etc. Individuals who fit into this category can get their 3rd dose of either Pfizer or Moderna (whichever they already received 2 doses of) if it’s been at least 28 days (4 weeks) since their second dose.
Because people who are immunocompromised may not develop the same level of protection from 2 doses, a 3rd dose may be needed. In this sense, the third dose is not really considered a booster, so you will often see “boosters” and “3rd doses” talked about differently.
Boosters are only available for those who have received 2 doses of Pfizer at least 6 months ago. The following are able to get a booster:
– those age 65 or older
– those age 18 or older with an underlying health condition
– those 18 or older with a job or living situation that puts them at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 or increased risk of exposure to the virus
Steuben County Public Health holds COVID vaccine clinics every Friday at the Civil Defense Training Center located at 7220 State Route 54 in Bath from 10 am – 2 pm. We offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson at every Friday clinic. Register for your first, second, or booster doses at www.steubencony.org/covid.
Those seeking third doses for immunocompromised should walk in during clinic hours and will be registered onsite. See the instructions and documentation needed for this at the website above and make sure to bring a letter from your doctor if appropriate.