Can people with autoimmune conditions get a 3rd COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, people who are immunocompromised can receive a third dose of Pfizer (12 years and older) and Moderna (18 years and older)
- The third dose should be the same vaccine as the first two doses – if that is not possible, it is acceptable to use the other mRNA vaccine.
- The third dose should be given at least 28 days after the second dose.
What qualifies as immunocompromised for a 3rd Covid vaccine shot?
- People who have undergone solid organ transplantation or have been diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.
- An individual’s medical care team can assist with determining eligibility.
When can immunocompromised individuals get a 3rd Covid vaccine shot?
- Eligible individuals can get a third dose any time.
Where can immunocompromised individuals get a 3rd Covid vaccine shot?
Why are the recommendations changing?
- Ongoing research has indicated that some immunocompromised people have a reduced immune response following a complete vaccine series.
- Receiving an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine may enhance immune system response
What about immunocompromised individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
- Those who received J&J are not currently recommended to receive a second dose