Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., late Friday authorized a third, additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. This includes people who have:

  • 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 two 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; and
  • are undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

CDC Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. ET will hold a call for clinicians to discuss additional doses, along with the current data on COVID-19 vaccines in immunocompromised people. Clinicians can follow this link to participate; a recording also will be available on the COCA Call webpage a few hours after the live event ends.

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