Four Things to Know About the Third COVID-19 Vaccination
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory group voted to approve the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a third shot for COVID-19 vaccination.
This third vaccination is currently recommended for high risk and immunocompromised patients.
Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are included in this recommendation.
Here are four key things you need to know about the third COVID-19 vaccination:
1. Who is recommended to get a third COVID-19 vaccination?
This third shot is currently recommended for high risk and immunocompromised patients. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are included in this recommendation. The EUA does not include fully vaccinated, otherwise healthy people.
2. Why might I need a third shot?
An additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is needed periodically to boost the immune system and increasae your antibody levels for more protection from COVID-19.
3. What does immunocompromised mean?
Immunocompromised patients include organ transplant recipients, people undergoing cancer treatment and people with HIV, among others. Talk to your doctor to help you determine if you are included in this patient population.
4. How can I make an appointment to receive the third COVID-19 shot?
At Loyola Medicine, patients over the age of 12 are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. If you are eligible for the third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can self-report as immunocompromised and book your vaccine appointment through myLoyola. You do not need a physician order.
Learn more about COVID-19 and how you can sign up for a vaccination appointment at Loyola.