We recommend that all eligible individuals receive the two-shot Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, the CDC has recommended that severely immunocompromised individuals who have received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination should get a third “booster shot”. We fully endorse this recommendation.
Our patients are eligible to receive the “booster” if:
- You received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and your second shot was at least four weeks ago. Those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not eligible.
- You are currently undergoing or have completed chemotherapy treatment within the past 90 days:
- IV treatment such as carboplatin, paclitaxel, cisplatin, etc.
- Oral chemotherapy medication such as Lynparza, Ibrance, Lenvima, etc.
- Hormonal treatment such as Letrozole, Arimidex, etc. are not eligible.
- You are undergoing or have completed pelvic radiation within the last 90 days.
- You have undergone a total splenectomy (removal of your spleen).
If you feel you are immunocompromised for reasons other than listed above, please contact your primary physician.
Currently, pharmacies in the area are scheduling “booster” vaccines. You should get the same brand (Pfizer or Moderna) of vaccine that you received for your first two injections. You can call your local pharmacy or go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find one near you and schedule an appointment.
If eligible, please contact our office for a letter of eligibility. If you have any questions, please call us at (518) 458-1390.