Immunocompromised El Pasoans Can Get COVID Booster Right Now – Here’s How
Even though about 70% of the US population has gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot there are still people who are immunocompromised who are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness. The Centers For Disease Control says those people might benefit from a booster to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19. The CDC says "moderately to severely immunocompromised" should get a booster at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC says they don't recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.
Locally, Immunize El Paso says if you have an immunocompromised medical condition you can register for an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. Immunize El Paso has three clinics that are now taking appointments and walk-ins for booster COVID-19 doses. You do have to pre-register which you can do by clicking here. You'll have to answer some questions that will help Immunize El Paso determine if there is any reason you shouldn't get a COVID-19 booster shot.
From Immunize El Paso, here are a few things that might put you on the list for a booster COVID-19 shot:
If you're getting active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
If you are an organ transplant patient and are taking medicine to suppress your immune system
If you've gotten a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress your immune system
If you have a moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
If you have an advanced or untreated HIV infection
If you are actively taking treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
If you are wondering if you are in a category that would require you to get a booster shot you can talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition and if you need to get a booster shot.