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GT County Health Department Offering Booster Vaccines For Immunocompromised Individuals

By Beth Milligan | Aug. 17, 2021

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is now scheduling appointments for third booster doses of the Pfizer (12+) and Moderna (18+) COVID-19 vaccine for eligible individuals.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

> Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
> Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
> Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
> Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
> Advanced or untreated HIV infection
> Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

The Grand Traverse County Health Department encourages all individuals to consult with their primary care provider to ensure a third dose is recommended. The third dose is recommended for the above list of vulnerable people at least 28 days after completing the initial two doses. At this time, satisfactory proof of immunocompromised status will be requested. Vaccination appointments can be made by visiting this link. If appointments are unavailable with the Health Department, individuals are advised to check with local pharmacies and other providers for availability.

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