Scheduling Third COVID-19 Shots for Immunocompromised Patients Available Aug. 23

August 20, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Michigan Medicine will begin offering the third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to patients, with scheduling available on Monday, August 23. The CDC recommends patients with compromised immunity who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine receive a third dose at least 28 days after the second dose.

Who should get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The CDC recommends that anyone who has moderately to severely compromised immunity and received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  This includes people who have:

  • Been 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 two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Patients will be asked to confirm that they have compromised immunity when scheduling a third dose appointment.  No additional documentation will be required, but patients will be asked to bring documentation of their first and second doses to the appointment.

Additional dose vaccines are not recommended for people who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine at this time. The FDA and CDC continue to evaluate data regarding the need for additional doses for other populations.

Can you get a different type of vaccine for your third dose than your previous COVID-19 vaccine doses?

The CDC recommends you receive the same mRNA vaccine for your third dose, if possible.  However, if the type of mRNA vaccine you received previously is not available, either mRNA vaccine can be administered for your third dose.

Michigan Medicine can give a vaccine to someone eligible for their second or third dose, even if the individual did not receive their first dose from Michigan Medicine. Proof of prior COVID-19 vaccination must be provided.

Third dose appointments can be scheduled online through the MyUofMHealth patient portal.

More information about who should get a third dose and how to schedule a third dose is available on our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page.