There has been much attention on a booster dose and third dose for the COVID-19 vaccine. Jackson County Public Health would like to provide some information on who is currently eligible to receive the third dose and who will become eligible to receive a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, who can receive a third dose COVID-19 vaccine? People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are currently eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting another dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people and COVID-19 vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends moderately to severely immunocompromised people consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2- dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.
For the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the emergency use authorizations allow individuals 12 years and older who have been determined to have certain kinds of immunocompromise to receive a third dose. For the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the emergency use authorization allows for individuals 18 and older that are immunocompromised to receive a third dose.
When will booster shots be available and who is eligible?
On Friday, September 17, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that people ages 65 and older and those considered at high risk of severe COVID-19 receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after the second dose. A “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreases over time.
No boosters will be available to Oregonians until the remaining steps in the process are completed next week. Here’s what’s next:
- The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review the FDA’s recommendation Sept. 22-23. The CDC Director then considers the ACIP Page 2 of 3 recommendation and makes any official CDC recommendation for the use of boosters. It is anticipated that ACIP will provide additional guidance on who is considered at high risk of severe COVID-19.
- After FDA and CDC decisions, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup meets on Sept. 24 to consider federal recommendations for implementation in California, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon. Once the Western States issues a recommendation, the Oregon Health Authority will support implementation.
Weekly Number of New COVID-19 Cases
As of 12:01 a.m. on September 20, 2021, the total number of new COVID-19 cases for the last three days is 226. For week 37 (September 12 – September 18), Jackson County Public Health reported 734 new COVID-19 cases. This is a 30% decrease from the previous week.
COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Region 5 (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
As of 8:00 a.m. on September 20, 2021, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 138, and there are 42 patients with COVID-19 in the intensive care unit.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
COVID-19 Related Deaths
Jackson County Public Health reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total to 257 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Jackson County’s 256th COVID-19 death is a 57-year-old woman who tested positive on September 1 and died on September 17 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
Jackson County’s 257th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man who tested positive on September 5 and died on September 16 at Providence Medford Medical Center. They had underlying health conditions.
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