Local counties begin 3rd COVID-19 shot availability

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine available to certain immunocompromised individuals.

Local counties are also beginning to announce the availability of a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Trumbull County Combined Health District announced Tuesday that will provide a third dose in limited circumstances at their vaccine clinics.

The Columbiana County Health District is now taking third dose appointments for eligible immunocompromised individuals, 18 years of age or older, who have completed their primary Moderna
series. Call 330-424-0272 extension 114 to schedule your appointment.

The rate of COVID-19 positive tests continues to increase in Columbiana County, and the department
encourages all residents who have not yet been vaccinated to do so. There are multiple locations in the county currently available to residents to received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The eligibility criteria set by the Ohio Department of Health includes the following:

  • Those undergoing active treatment for cancer
  • Organ transplant patients who are taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Those who have received a CART-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplant or taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Those with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g. DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • Those with advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Those undergoing treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (e.g.20 mg per day) alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

Additional criteria:

  • You must have a note from your doctor stating that you meet the qualifying criteria.
  • It must be at least 28 days (4 weeks) from your last Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. You need to bring proof of vaccination. If you don’t have your vaccine card, TCCHD will attempt to look it up, however, if they can’t find it, the vaccine cannot be administered until last vaccination has been verified.

The CDC says that the purpose of this additional dose is to strengthen the immune response when the initial immune response to the primary two-dose vaccine series is likely to be insufficient.

It is recommended that qualifying immunocompromised individuals, age 12 and older who have received the Pfizer series, and 18 and older who have received the Moderna series, speak with their healthcare provider to determine their degree of immune system compromise and the appropriate timing of their vaccination.

Health officials said that currently there is not a recommendation for a third dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Registration is available at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/ but walk-ins are also welcomed.

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