LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — The Licking County Health Department has begun scheduling a third dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to people with compromised immune systems.

A third dose of Moderna’s vaccine is not being offered by LCHD at this time, according to a release.

The following people are eligible to schedule an appointment with LCHD:

  • Individuals undergoing active treatment for cancer (solid tumor and hematologic malignancies). 
  • Individuals who have received a solid-organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Individuals who have received a CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplant or taking immunosuppression therapy).
  • Individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection. 
  • Individuals undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent 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.

The CDC has recommended a third dose at least 28 days following completion of the original vaccination cycle.

LCHD recommends patients talk to their doctors about their conditions to determine whether they should pursue a third dose.

Immunocompromised individuals are urged to visit the LCHD website for more information and to schedule an appointment.