- CDC guidelines say immunocompromised may need fourth COVID vaccine shot
- Agency says fourth dose may need to be given six months after third dose
- Third dose should be given to immunocompromised 28 days after second dose
- Immunocompromised are those undergoing cancer treatment or have HIV
- Organ transplant patients, stem cell recipients are also immunocompromised
- Around 9 million Americans are considered immunocompromised, CDC says
- Last week, health officials approved booster shots for certain population groups
- FDA panel also recommends vaccinating children between ages of 5 and 11
Published: 16:52 AEDT, 27 October 2021 | Updated: 17:00 AEDT, 27 October 2021
Americans who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may need to take a fourth injection of the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving a third dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC’s updated guidelines state that those who are moderately and severely immunocompromised should ‘immediately’ receive their third shot if more than 28 days has elapsed since receiving the second dose of the mRNA vaccine.
Six months after receiving the third dose, people in that same category ‘may’ receive another dose.