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Posted: August 15, 2021 at 1:47 am


Following new CDC recommendation, Louisiana Department of Health makes third doses of COVID-19 vaccine available for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems

Baton Rouge, La. (Aug. 14, 2021)Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)s new recommendation, the Louisiana Department of Health is making third doses available for people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely and are fully vaccinated with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Friday, August 13, 2021, CDC now recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine orModerna COVID-19 vaccine. CDC doesnotrecommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.

Patients may self-attest to their condition by completing and signing this formhttps://ldh.la.gov/assets/oph/Center-CP/HANs/HANS21-58Attachment-3rdDoseAttestationForm.pdf.LDH also has asked vaccine providers to have these forms available for patients to complete.

Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Read CDCs full statement:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

What You Need to Know:

Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine:

The COVID-19 vaccine is free and widely available in Louisiana. To find a provider near you:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long after getting my initial two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can I get an additional dose?

CDC recommends the additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered at least four weeks after a second dose ofPfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine orModerna COVID-19 vaccine.

Can you mix and match the vaccines?

For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Modernas COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered.

What should immunocompromised people who received the J&J/Janssen vaccine do?

The FDAs recent EUA amendment only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, as does CDCs recommendation.

Emerging data have demonstrated that immunocompromised people who have low or no protection following two doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may have an improved response after an additional dose of the same vaccine. There is not enough data at this time to determine whether immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnsons Janssen COVID-19 vaccine also have an improved antibody response following an additional dose of the same vaccine.

What are the benefits of people receiving an additional vaccine dose?

At a time when the Delta variant is surging, an additional vaccine dose for some people with weakened immune systems could help prevent serious and possibly life-threatening COVID-19 cases within this population.

What are the risks of vaccinating individuals with an additional dose?

There is limited information about the risks of receiving an additional dose of vaccine, and the safety, efficacy and benefit of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised people continues to be evaluated. So far, reactions reported after the third mRNA dose were similar to that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most symptoms were mild to moderate.However, as with the two-dose series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur. Report any serious side effect to the National Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) athttp://VAERS.hhs.gov

About the Louisiana Department of HealthThe Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. The Louisiana Department of Health includes the Office of Public Health, Office of Aging & Adult Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and Healthy Louisiana (Medicaid). To learn more, visitwww.ldh.la.govor follow us onTwitter,Facebookor ourblog.

Media Contacts:

Mindy Faciane, Public Information Officer225-342-0152 ormindy.faciane@la.gov

Kevin Litten, Communications Specialist225-219-3542 orkevin.litten@la.gov

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