These measures are specifically recommended for individuals with moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Health Department recommends that certain members of the public should receive a COVID-19 booster dose after having gotten an additional dose due to immunocompromising conditions in the late summer.

These measures are specifically recommended for individuals with moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions.

Certain immunocompromised people were eligible for a three-shot primary series, meaning they received a third full dose instead of a booster. This would be their first booster shot, which contains a lower dose. This booster dose will ensure that this population is up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination.

In August 2021, individuals 16+ years of age with moderate to severe immunocompromising conditions became eligible to receive an additional dose as part of their primary vaccination series, in efforts to improve the immune response from the first two doses. This additional dose is only available to those who received two full doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). Individuals who initially received Johnson and Johnson have not been eligible for an additional dose but should get a booster dose.

According to the CDC, people are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

With an updated interval of five months in between completion of a primary mRNA series (including the additional dose) and a booster dose, this population is approaching the time in which they are now able to receive a booster. Doses can be mixed and matched; an individual may choose to receive the same vaccine as their first three doses, or they may choose a different type of COVID-19 vaccine.

To make an appointment, click here or call the Call Center at 307-732-8628. Appointments for this age group occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The clinic takes place at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, 1251 S Park Loop Rd.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.