- The decision comes as the delta variant surges across the nation, putting those with compromised immune systems at risk.
Who qualifies for a COVID-19 booster shot?
Right now, it’s unclear who directly qualifies for the third shot. Per The Washington Post, the third shot will likely be available for the following list of people:
- Transplant patients who take drugs that suppress their immune system.
- People who have diseases, like blood cancers, that hurt their immune system.
- People who have HIV/AIDS or cancer, per the CDC.
Will you need a third COVID-19 booster shot?
- “Inevitably there will be a time when we’ll have to give boosts,” he told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday.
- “At this moment, other than the immunocompromised, we’re not going to be giving boosters.”
How to know if you need a COVID-19 booster shot
Per The New York Times, physicians will have the power to recommend an additional COVID-19 shot. There won’t be a uniform recommendation for everyone to get it because “the immunocompromised population is too diverse,” according to The New York Times.
- “Some may be protected by the standard vaccine dosage, despite their conditions. Others may be poorly shielded by the vaccines, but unable to benefit from an additional shot,” The New York Times reports.