THIRD DOSE BOOSTER VACCINE CONTINUES TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED

LEE COUNTY, NC – September 8, 2021 – The Lee County Health Department (LCHD) continues to provide booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the immunocompromised every Tuesday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Lee County Wellness Clinic located at 112 Hillcrest Drive in Sanford. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rolled out the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in people with immunocompromised conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised, which includes people that:

  • Have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Are organ transplant recipients and are taking immunosuppressants (medications to suppress the immune system).
  • Have received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking immunosuppressants.
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (a condition in which the immune system does not work correctly leading to frequent infections. Examples include DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, severe combined immunodeficiency or SCID).
  • Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Are receiving active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response.

If you are not sure whether you are eligible for an additional dose (booster shot) of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can discuss it with your primary care physician. For receiving a booster dose of the Moderna vaccine, the individual must be at least 18 years of age, whereas individuals who are 12 years and older are eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Heath Cain, Director of the LCHD said, “We are seeing an increase in demand concerning the booster vaccine for the immunocompromised and want to make sure all individuals know the booster vaccine is available to all who need the additional dose.  The health department has a spot for your shot.”

Appointments may be scheduled:

  • Online with the following link:  www.leecountync.gov
  • By phone at 919-842-5744 (English) or 919-718-4640, option 8 (Spanish)

Any individual who is interested in receiving the booster vaccine must bring their COVID-19 vaccination card with them and proof of ID to streamline the vaccination process.

Subject to ACIP approval, LCHD is prepared to begin providing booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the general public who meet the requirements on September 28th, 2021. For additional information about COVID-19 booster vaccinations, call the Lee County Health Department at (919) 842-5744; media questions may be directed to Hailey Hall with Lee County Government at (919) 718-4605 ext. 5521 or hhall@leecountync.gov.

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