August 19, 2021
PIERRE, S.D.–The South Dakota Department of Health has announced that a third shot of both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available for immunocompromised individuals following approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization amendment.
Health Department Secretary Kim Malsam -Rysdon says, “they are inviting all immunocompromised residents to further protect themselves from COVID-19 and obtain a third COVID-19 shot after speaking with their doctors. ” She says residents can access the vaccines the same way they did their first shots, and there is no cost to them.
The CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals receive an additional dose, especially those who:
—Have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
–Those who have HIV, or those who are taking drugs that suppress their immune system/response.