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.
A third primary dose and a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are available to those who are immunocompromised. These doses are available through JCDHE, as well as local healthcare systems and pharmacies.
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.
FAQs for Immunocompromised Individuals
Are additional COVID-19 vaccines available in Johnson County for those who are immunocompromised?
JCDHE is administering third primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at its vaccination clinics to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
Is JCDHE my only option for getting a third primary or booster dose?
COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised individuals are also available at physicians’ offices and pharmacies. Visit vaccines.gov to find a provider near you.
Do I need to make an appointment to get a third primary or booster dose from JCDHE?
How do I know if I am immunocompromised enough to get an additional vaccine?
We recommend speaking with your doctor about whether a third primary or booster dose is right for you. You can also see if you qualify under CDC criteria.
Does my third primary dose need to be made by the same manufacturer as my first and second doses?
Yes, your third primary dose should be the same brand of vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna) as you received for your first and second dose.
Why is JCDHE giving third primary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccine authorizations for Pfizer and Moderna include a third primary dose for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, including those receiving cancer treatment.
Kansas providers can also administer this additional primary dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Additional doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have not been authorized.