Who qualifies for a booster (also known as a third dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Patients who qualify received Moderna or Pfizer 28 days or more in the past and must be immunosuppressed.

What qualifies as immunosuppressed?

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

*ACIP General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization; CDC Yellow Book; 2013 IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline for Vaccination of the Immunocompromised Host

Is medical clearance required to receive a 3rd dose?

No. Qualifying individuals will self-attest using the screening tool.

Can someone who is not immunosuppressed receive a 3rd dose of vaccine?

No, not at this time. We are administering vaccines only in alignment with ACIP guidelines.

Can someone who received J&J vaccine receive a second or third dose of vaccine?

No, not at this time. We are administering vaccines only in alignment with ACIP guidelines.

Do patients with other chronic diseases qualify for a booster?

Generally, no. However, if a significant level of immunosuppression is expected as a result of the chronic disease or immunosuppressive therapies, a booster may be considered on an individual basis. Any patients who do not meet the current immunosuppressed conditions as described above should be referred to their physician or provider for further discussion.

Do you have to get the same vaccine that you received for the first 2 doses?

For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. SCL Health offers Pfizer vaccine at all locations.