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COVID-19 vaccine boosters and third doses at Village Health Partners

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This blog has the most up-to-date information on Village Health Partners guidelines. We will continue to update this blog as needed.

Update from November 22, 2021 – Information on who is eligible to receive a booster dose has been updated with new CDC recommendations.

Update from November 16, 2021 – The flow chart for COVID-19 third dose and booster timing has been updated with a graphic from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services that reflects timing of boosters for patients who receive a third dose.

Update from November 2, 2021 – The FDA and CDC recently announced the approved expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots for Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Village Health Partners is offering booster shots of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson at this time.

Third Doses

Per CDC guidelines, you can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine if you:

  • Are actively receiving cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have a moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Are actively receiving treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Booster Doses

Currently, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have received FDA approval for a booster shot. This is a single dose booster that can be administered at least six months after the completion of the primary series for Pfizer and Moderna and at least 2 months after Johnson & Johnson in individuals who are 18 years and older.

According to the CDC, you can receive a flu shot and COVID-19 shot at the same time.

Village Health Partners follows CDC guidelines, and we are currently only offering third doses and boosters vaccinations to patients who meet the criteria above during scheduled appointments with a provider.

Do you qualify for a booster shot?

Use the flow chart below to see if you qualify for a booster shot:

COVID booster shots

Source: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/covid19/VaxRecAddBoosterDoses.pdf

Do you want to know what your Village Health Partners physician recommends? Find your booster recommendation below:

Recommendations for boosters

The Moderna booster seems to offer better immunity for those originally vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson than a booster of Johnson & Johnson does. While this is what your physician is recommending, the CDC's recommendations allow for choice in booster shots.

Examples of who qualifies for a third dose vs booster dose:

Jane is currently undergoing active treatment for breast cancer. She has received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine but because she is immunocompromised there is a chance that her immune system did not build the same level of immunity as it should have. Jane should get a third dose of Pfizer to help her immune system build up immunity so that she has better protection against COVID-19.

John is a 30-year-old who just received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. He is overweight and smokes but has no other chronic health conditions. He is not immunocompromised so his immune system should already be providing him protection from COVID-19 vaccine. John does NOT need a third dose, but he will qualify for a booster. With time, his immune response may weaken so John will be eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot in six months from now.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.