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Booster COVID-19 shots available to immunocompromised individuals

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BrightStone had Tennessee Department of Health and Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities nurses administer COVID-19 vaccines to those with disabilities and their caretakers.

Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are now available through the Tennessee Department of Health for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals.

The Williamson County Health Department is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines free to the public Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. at the Franklin Clinic, located at 1324 W. Main Street. Appointments and walk-ins are available.

The state health department based this decision to offer additional doses to immunocompromised individuals upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On Aug. 13, the CDC accepted recommendations from the agency’s advisory committee on immunization practices for an additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. This includes approval for a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for those 12 and older, and the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for those 18 older. The recommendation from the CDC does not include approval for an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The state recommends Tennesseans talk with their health care provider about

their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

Based on the recommendations from the FDA and CDC, moderately and severely

immunocompromised individuals, are defined as:

• Those receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood

• Those who have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

• Those who have received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

• Those with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome

• Those with advanced or untreated HIV infection

• Those in active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

More information on the CDC’s recommendation for an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is available online at www.CDC.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html. A notification has been sent to all Tennessee providers with information on these

For a full list of vaccine distribution locations, visit www.Vaccines.gov. Patients do not need to prove their diagnosis to be eligible for an additional vaccine dose.

Individuals seeking more information on the COVID-19 vaccines can visit www.COVID19.TN.gov or www.Vaccines.gov.

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