SoutheastHEALTH has announced vaccination clinic plans for people qualifying to receive a third COVID-19 vaccination due to an immunocompromised condition.
Plans are also underway, pending authorization by federal regulators, to provide booster COVID-19 vaccinations for the general population, beginning in September.
The new recommendations apply only to those who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Appointments are available now for this group of individuals which includes those who are Immunocompromised due to active cancer, recipients of organ or stem cell transplants and anyone taking medications that weaken their immune systems.
On Wednesday, the government announced plans to begin offering COVID-19 booster doses beginning the week of September 20. At that time, individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including many healthcare workers, nursing home residents and people ages 65 and up, will likely be among the first eligible for a booster. The booster dose is being given about eight months after the second dose of the vaccine.
SoutheastHEALTH will share details about booster vaccination sites/clinics in the coming days.
Vaccines for Pregnant Women
SoutheastHEALTH Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Matt Janzow, MD, says women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or might become pregnant in the future should consult with their physician and consider the vaccine. “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending the COVID vaccine for these individuals. At this point, there is no evidence of any fertility problems with the vaccine. The risk of serious illness due to COVID is far greater than possible reactions to the vaccine.”
First and Second Dose Vaccination Clinics Continue
SoutheastHEALTH continues to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon for people ages 12 and over. To make an appointment, call 573.519.4522.
Janzow noted that Southeast Hospital is seeing a steep increase in the number of COVID admissions, particularly among the unvaccinated. “Patients are also younger, and in many instances, severely ill.”
“Millions of Americans have received the COVID vaccine,” Janzow said. “They are safe and effective and offer us a way out of this pandemic and the more contagious variants that will likely continue to develop. This is an important decision and one that impacts those around you – family and loved ones.”