COVID-19 Booster Shots

Update on third COVID-19 vaccination: 


CDC is recommending the third vaccination only for those who are currently moderately to severely immunocompromised as listed below: 

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response 


There has been a joint statement by CDC, FDA, NIH, among others stating “We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose. At that time, the individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including many health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors, will likely be eligible for a booster. We would also begin efforts to deliver booster shots directly to residents of long-term care facilities at that time, given the distribution of vaccines to this population early in the vaccine rollout and the continued increased risk that COVID-19 poses to them.” 


For those who received Johnson & Johnson, there is currently not a booster. However, there should be more information coming in the next few weeks. The joint statement by CDC, FDA, NIH, among others states they “anticipate booster shots will likely be needed for people who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Administration of the J&J vaccine did not begin in the U.S. until March 2021, and we expect more data on J&J in the next few weeks. With those data in hand, we will keep the public informed with a timely plan for J&J booster shots as well.” 


We encourage our patients who meet the criteria as stated above for third vaccination to register at local pharmacies and hospitals. We do not have vaccines in the clinic. We will continue to keep our patients up-to-date with the latest guidelines when we receive the information. Thank you all for your patience and understanding while we learn together. Stay safe!