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Immunocompromised individuals can get extra vaccine dose at public health

Aug. 16, 2021

Immunocompromised individuals can now get an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine at any scheduled Garfield County Public Health COVID-19 clinic.
Boosters for the public are not recommended at this time. This recommendation pertains to immunocompromised persons who received the mRNA two-dose vaccine series.
COVID-19 clinics are listed on the Garfield County COVID and public health vaccine page. Walk-ins or appointments are welcome.

Weekly clinics:
Rifle Public Health

195 W. 14th St. Rifle
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Glenwood Springs Public Health
2014 Blake Ave.
Mondays and Wednesdays
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Garfield County Public Health follows all Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) guidance for extra doses. The additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the additional dose should be the same as the primary mRNA vaccine series a person received, but an alternate mRNA dose can be used if that vaccine is not available.

Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine?
Moderately to severely immunocompromised Coloradans include 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 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

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