It looks like the FDA is moving toward approving a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised.
Doctors say it is increasingly clear that many such patients are still vulnerable to Covid following vaccination because they may not mount an effective immune response to the shots.
The emergency use authorization does not include fully vaccinated, otherwise healthy people; both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death in them.
I know we are in the middle of a surge, but I’m hoping studies are being done on other groups who are known to suffer the worst effects of COVID-19 because of other medical conditions that put them in the front of the line when the roll-out began.
The same story states that the State of Mississippi had authorized a third shot for the immunocompromised without the feds. You mean states could do this?
Anyway, I know a few who have been able to get a booster by advocating for themselves and with the help of their doctors. It’s not an easy process as one has to get tested for antibodies after the first two shots. If antibodies don’t show up, then one can get a doctor’s order for a third shot. Then one has to go through the process of convincing the shot-giving agency or facility that a third shot is actually a thing, which is harder than one would think. Then, one needs to get tested for antibodies one more time just to see if the third one worked.
I’ve seen the stress that people go through. It’s stressful for families who are trying their damnest to be responsible when people are acting irresponsibly.
Let’s hope this happens soon because over 9,000,000 Americans may need this. Even more, since we are seeing more breakthrough cases occurring.
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