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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

COVID-19 vaccines are effective preventive tools to safeguard you from getting sick. If you would like to be vaccinated, please call the Weston County Pharmacy at 307-746-2425 to schedule an appointment.

The Centers for Disease Control has information on preparing for your vaccination at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/prepare-for-vaccination.html

You should still get vaccinated for COVID-19 even if you have been sick with it before. Reinfection with the virus is possible, and you could get severely ill from COVID-19. Experts aren’t sure how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering. Both natural immunity and immunity from a vaccine are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about. CDC will keep you informed as new evidence becomes available. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3g5amLz.

*UPDATE August 16, 2021 -Immunocompromised populations

An additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to certain immunocompromised populations that are moderately and severely immunocompromised has been approved. The following populations are recommended for an additional dose:

Moderately and severely immunocompromised people include

:• Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy

• Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)

• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes) • Advanced or untreated HIV infection

• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory Additional considerations:

• Chronic medical conditions may be associated with varying degrees of immune deficit

• The patient’s clinical team is best able to assess the degree of altered immunocompetence and optimal timing of vaccination, with specific attention paid to current or planned immunosuppressive therapies

• Whenever possible, mRNA COVID-19 vaccination doses (including the primary series and an additional dose) should be given at least two weeks before initiation of immunosuppressive therapies.

• Factors to consider in assessing the general level of immune competence of patients with chronic diseases include disease severity, duration, clinical stability, complications, comorbidities, and any potentially immune-suppressing treatment.

• Utility of serologic testing or cellular immune testing to assess immune response to vaccination and guide clinical care (e.g., need for an additional dose) has not been established and is not recommended at this time.

The ages this recommendation applies to is ≥12 years for Pfizer and ≥18 years for Moderna. The recommendation is for one (1) additional dose. Administer a full 0.3mL dose of Pfizer or full 0.5mL dose of Moderna.

It is preferred that the same mRNA vaccine as the primary series is used for the additional dose. However, if the same mRNA vaccine is not available, an alternate mRNA vaccine may be used.

Until more data are available, the additional dose should be administered at least 28 days after completion of the initial primary series.

* August 23, 2021 Update on COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Shoots

FDA has granted full approval for COMIRNATY/Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting on Monday, August 30, 2021 to discuss its updated recommendation for this vaccine. The following link is the CDC’s information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster