Updates and Resources

Special COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Offer Thank-You Gift to Recipients

The following COVID-19 vaccine clinics are offering $100 thank-you gifts for qualifying vaccine recipients. Terms of participation are provided at the vaccine clinic site.

Sept. 16

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Sept. 19: Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St., Rochester. This clinic runs from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

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Information about Third Doses for People who are Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised

Federal health officials have recommended that people who have moderately or severely compromised immune systems receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. A third dose can be administered to these individuals at least 28 days following the two-dose regimen of the same vaccine.

Individuals who are immunocompromised are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 and are at a higher risk for prolonged COVID infection and viral shedding. They are also more likely to transmit the COVID-19 virus to household contacts and are more likely to have breakthrough infections.

Individuals with moderate to severe immunocompromise include those who:

The need for the third dose for this group is not due to a waning effect of the two-dose regimen; rather, data show the standard two-dose regimen does not produce the same degree of protective effect in immunocompromised individuals as it does in people who are not immunocompromised. Patients who are immunocompromised should consult with their health care provider to discuss additional precautions and any questions they may have about protecting themselves from COVID-19.

Learn more about the CDC recommendations for third doses.

Information on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Pending FDA approval and CDC recommendation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is developing a plan to begin offering booster doses starting the week of Sept. 20. At that time, people will be eligible and recommended to get a booster dose eight months after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The people who got the earliest doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (i.e., healthcare workers and nursing home residents) will now be first eligible for the booster dose.

While booster doses for the general population will not be administered until beginning the week of Sept. 20 (pending approval), the FDA and CDC have already authorized and recommended an additional dose for some immunocompromised individuals. On Aug. 13, the FDA amended the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow for the use of an additional dose in significantly immunocompromised individuals, such as people who have received solid organ transplants or receiving cancer treatments. The CDC is now recommending that immunocompromised individuals who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine get an additional dose.

Learn more about the plans for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.