CDC votes to recommend 3rd doses of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised

ATLANTA — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory board voted unanimously to recommend third doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for people who are immunocompromised.

The recommendation comes roughly 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the additional dose for people with weakened immune systems.

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Two hours after the CDC board’s 11-0 vote, the Georgia Department of Public Health issued a statement saying it was awaiting more guidance from the CDC as to who would be eligible for the additional dose of vaccine.

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“Once those conditions are known, DPH will establish statewide protocols for health departments administering additional doses of COVID vaccine,” the statement read. “Until then, DPH will hold off on administering third doses.”

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During the CDC meeting, board members discussed what kinds of patients might be eligible, including organ transplant recipients, those undergoing cancer treatments and those with HIV. Board members also stated that those immunocompromised patients seeking an additional dose of vaccine would not need proof or a prescription from a health care provider, just their word. The Georgia DPH did recommend patients should consult with their doctor or healthcare provider for guidance and recommendations.

The CDC’s recommendation only covers those who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, not the Johnson & Johnson. Some doctors at the virtual meeting asked questions about how that would be addressed.