CDC Urges 3rd Vaccine for Immunocompromised

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently recommended that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, available data shows these people don’t always build adequate levels of protection after an initial 2-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. The data also shows they may benefit from receiving an additional dose.

People impacted include those:

  • Receiving active cancer treatment
  • With a history of solid organ transplant or bone marrow transplant
  • With a primary immunodeficiency including HIV
  • Receiving active treatment with high dose oral steroids
  • Receiving immunosuppressive treatment for autoimmune disease
  • With a history of spleen removal

The third dose can be administered at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. For people who received either Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not to receive a second or third dose. The CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other populations at this time.

Dickinson County Public Health (DCPH) will host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in the DCPH offices located within Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. The clinics will offer both Moderna and Pfizer and be held on:

  • Wednesday, August 25 from 1-4 pm.
  • Thursday, August 26 from 9 am until 12 pm

Appointments are necessary for the clinics and can be made online at and clicking on the appropriate event date’s link. On the day of the appointment, patients should enter through Door A and bring both their existing CDC vaccination card and insurance cards to their appointments.

Area pharmacies are also providing the COVID-19 vaccine, including the third dose for immunocompromised individuals. Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations in both Milford and Spirit Lake are offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome, and individuals can also schedule an appointment online at Walmart is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and walk-ins are welcome.

Those interested in more information are encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider or call Dickinson County Public Health at 712-339-6050.


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