In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, Lake Regional Health System is now offering an additional mRNA dose at its primary care clinics to people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised.
The CDC has stated that people who have compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose. The CDC is not currently recommending additional doses or booster shots for other populations but further guidance is expected.
For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered. Currently, this recommendation only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and not to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It is not necessary to be an established patient with Lake Regional to receive a vaccination appointment. There is no cost to any patient for the vaccine or office visit. Patients should bring their vaccination card to the appointment. Before receiving an additional mRNA dose, patients will be required to sign a statement indicating they personally consider themselves moderately to severely immunocompromised and thus are eligible for an additional dose. Find a list of people this includes at lakeregional.com/vaccine, which also includes contact information for Lake Regional primary care clinic locations.