Are you eligible for the third COVID-19 shot?
Doctor also explains difference between a third vaccination and a booster shot
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Certain immunocompromised people can start rolling up their sleeves for their third COVID-19 shot.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization for both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines Thursday, Aug. 12. However, it is only available to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems.
Those groups include active recipients for cancer treatments, recipients of organ and stem cell transplants, people with untreated HIV and people taking medication that might weaken their immune systems.
Dr. Katherine Baumgarten, medical director of infection control and prevention for Ochsner Health, said there is a difference between an additional dose and a booster shot.
“Why it’s called an ‘additional dose’ is because it’s given to people that may have compromised immune systems and may be more vulnerable, to boost their immunity,” she explained.
Plus, Baumgarten added, the original doses might not have been as effective for these groups of people. “With two doses, it was shown that that immune response was maybe a little lower than was expected.”
Certain immunocompromised people do not always build the same level of immunity as compared to people who are not immunocompromised, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Fully vaccinated immunocompromised people have accounted for a large proportion of hospitalized breakthrough cases (40%-44%),” reads a news release for the CDC.
LSU Health Shreveport will begin administering third doses of COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the former Chevyland building, 2627 Linwood Ave. in Shreveport. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In an effort to minimize wait times, LSU Health suggests that those seeking the third dose of the vaccine do so based on their last name.
Last names beginning with the letters ...
- A– F: Tuesday, Aug. 17
- G-L: Wednesday, Aug. 18
- M-S: Thursday, Aug. 19
- T-Z: Friday, Aug. 20
“If you are unable to come on suggested date, please feel free to come when you are available. Appointments are not required for third dose of vaccine,” LSU Health says in a news release.
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