Redding COVID Update
The Redding COVID vax van clinic has been rescheduled for this Sunday August 29 from 1-5pm at the Redding Community Center. Pfizer, Moderna, and J & J vaccine will be available, and no appointment is needed. This clinic is for first dose vaccinations and for third doses for those who are considered moderately to severely immunocompromised. A follow-up clinic will occur on Sunday September 19 from 1-5pm. Click here for vaccination van flyer.
At this time third doses are only for severely immunocompromised individuals who might not have mounted an adequate immune response with two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC’s latest third dose guidance does not apply to Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Connecticut will use a self-attestation model for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. People are considered moderately to severely immunocompromised if they are/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
Residents who already know that they meet these clinical guidelines can attend the Redding clinic this Sunday or can contact a vaccine provider https://covidvaccinefinder.ct.gov/?query=06896 and make an appointment for the third dose. For those who are unsure if they should receive the third dose, they can await a communication from their health care provider indicating eligibility for a third dose or contact their health care provider to confirm their eligibility.
Currently the focus is on getting everyone their first doses and providing third doses for immunocompromised individuals. The recent announcement from the Biden Administration is not expected to take effect until September 20 and the CT Department of Public Health will review further guidance when it is issued by FDA and ACIP about the particulars of a booster program. This Department will continue to provide updates.
Dr. Lawrence Leibowitz
Director of Health
Doug Hartline, RS