CCCHD begins administering ‘third-dose’ COVID-19 vaccines

CCCHD begins administering ‘third-dose’ COVID-19 vaccines

Clark County Combined Health District                                     Charles Patterson, Health Commissioner

529 E. Home Road

Springfield, Ohio 45503

                                                                                                            For Immediate Release

                                                                                                            August 17, 2021

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Public Information Office

Nate Smith

937-390-5600 ext. 283

Third dose vaccines not yet available to the general public

CLARK COUNTY — The Clark County Combined Health District has begun administering third doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible recipients in conjunction with guidance updated Aug. 13 by the Centers for Disease Control to authorize an additional dose of mRNA vaccine for immunocompromised individuals.

Amended CDC guidance recommends the additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a small group of immunocompromised individuals. FDA has updated emergency use authorizations only for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to recommend a third dose for people with moderate-to-severe immunosuppression at heightened risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.

It is estimated that less than 3 percent of the U.S. population, and 3 percent of Ohioans qualify for an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine under the updated CDC guidance.
 Those who qualify for an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose include:

  • Individuals undergoing active cancer treatment (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.

Individuals that have previously received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible to
receive the additional dose of mRNA vaccine. Additional doses of vaccine are to be given at least 28 days following the completion of a primary vaccination series.

Anyone requesting an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be advised of all the qualifying conditions and will self-attest to their own eligibility. Those requesting a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine must also have already completed a two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series. 

To provide the best service possible, eligible recipients for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine are asked to schedule an appointment with CCCHD by calling (937) 717-2439. COVID-19 vaccines are available at CCCHD’s East Home Road location from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CCCHD requests that immunocompromised clients requesting a third dose of COVID-19 please schedule an appointment ahead of time, which allows for proper social distancing and provides for the safest and most efficient possible vaccine experience.

Additionally, to accommodate increased demand, effective Aug. 16 all COVID-19 vaccines administered at CCCHD main offices are being moved to the main conference room on the south side of the facility at 529 E. Home Road. Signs have been situated throughout the parking lot to direct individuals to the correct entrance in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments for additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine will also be available at CCCHD’s Southern Village location, 1209-3 Sunset Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday.

Immunocompromised patients are urged to consult with their healthcare providers to receive recommendations for timing of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to factor in their other treatments. Eligible individuals may also consult their retail pharmacist about eligibility for an additional vaccine dose and to schedule an appointment.

CDC continues to recommend extra precautions for immunocompromised individuals along with an additional dose of vaccine.
 

Immunocompromised people (including those who receive an additional mRNA dose) should be aware of the potential for reduced immune response to COVID-19 vaccination and should follow ongoing prevention measures including wearing a mask; maintain six-feet of distance from others outside their household; and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

Close contacts of immunocompromised people are strongly encouraged to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

For more information on CCCHD’s COVID-19 response, visit www.ccchd.com.