SM County: Registration Open for 3rd Vaccine for Immunocompromised!

SM County: Registration Open for 3rd Vaccine for Immunocompromised!

San Miguel County puts out the word: Public Health links live for additional vaccine dose after FDA authorization.

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Grace Franklin, County Public Health Director.

On Friday, August 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for immunocompromised individuals. In response to this announcement, San Miguel County Public Health has received confirmation for the vaccine rollout from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and has scheduled four clinics for vaccine booster shots for immunocompromised individuals.

“With the CDC and CDPHE authorizing vaccine rollout for immunocompromised individuals, the Public Health team has worked quickly to open registration for those interested in receiving a booster,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “Receiving an additional dose has been shown to reinforce antibody response, providing an extra layer of protection to those who are at high risk.”

The first of Public Health’s ongoing vaccine clinics will take place as follows:

Moderna Clinics:

• Friday, August 20, 3:45 to 5:45 pm, Telluride Intermediate Gym,

• Thursday, September 2, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Norwood Public Library,

Pfizer Clinics:

• Thursday, September 2, 3:45 to 4:15 pm, Norwood Public Library,

• Friday, September 3, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Miramonte Building, 2nd Floor, BOCC Conference Room,

The third dose of Moderna (ages 18+) and Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 12+) vaccines must be the same as an individual’s previous series and must be administered at least 28 days following the first two doses. Patients will not be required to provide proof of health status, as the additional vaccine dose will be administered through an honor system for those who are immunocompromised.

The CDC recommends a third shot for:

• Individuals being treated for tumors or cancers of the blood, organ transplant patients, including those who have gotten stem cell transplants within the last two years, and those who have diseases that damage the immune system.

• People with advanced or untreated HIV infection.

• Individuals taking high-dose steroids.

• People with chronic medical conditions that can weaken immune response, such as chronic kidney disease.

Other fully vaccinated members of the population do not need an additional dose at this time.

San Miguel County Public Health will continue to schedule clinics for all those seeking first, second or third doses of the COVID-19 vaccines as appropriate. The most up-to-date schedule of clinics will be posted on the SMC COVID webpage as new clinics are finalized.

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