Vaccines for Immunocompromised Individuals
If you have a weakened immune system, you are at increased risk of severe illness or even death from COVID-19. Individuals moderately or severely immunocompromised may need extra protection to effectively fight against the coronavirus. JCDHE recommends speaking with your doctor about COVID-19 and your medical condition.
Vaccines are available to immunocompromised individuals ages five and older through JCDHE at its walk-in vaccination clinics in Olathe and Mission. No appointment is necessary.
Walk-in immunization clinic wait times vary. If you have private insurance or Medicaid, you may call the phone number located on the back of your insurance card for in-network providers.
COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised individuals are also available at physicians’ offices, clinics and pharmacies. Find a vaccine near you using Vaccine Finder or Vacunas (Spanish). You can also text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489).
Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe offers the COVID-19 primary series and booster doses for adults and children.
Am I immunocompromised?
You are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Active treatment for a solid tumor or hematologic malignancies
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g. DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., at least 20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
Your immune response to COVID-19 vaccine may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised. You are protected best when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines as recommended by the CDC.