Officials with the City of El Paso announced that they are now providing a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
A third dose will only be administered 28 days after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals:
· 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 (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
· Advanced or untreated HIV infection
· Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune response
Individuals are strongly encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Health officials note that this third dose is NOT a booster. The third dose follows 28 days after an initial vaccine series is administered to people who may not have a strong enough immune response after receiving the initial vaccine series.
A booster dose is a supplemental dose given to individuals whose immune response has weakened over time and administered eight (8) months after an initial vaccine series is administered.
The City of El Paso is preparing to administer the booster shots in late September once federal and state guidelines are provided.
COVID-19 third doses are available by appointment only at the following locations:
· 301 George Perry – Monday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
· El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza – Monday – Friday: Noon to 6 p.m. | Saturday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· City of El Paso COVID-19 Clinics – Monday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
- 220 S. Stanton (corner of First and Stanton)
- 9341 Alameda
- 7380 Remcon
- 9566 Railroad
Health officials remind the public to continue wearing face covers, wash your hands frequently and watch your distancing, regardless of whether you have or have not yet received the vaccine. Additional information about COVID-19, can be found at www.EPStrong.org.