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Redding Health Department COVID Update

Redding COVID Update

Currently the focus is on getting everyone their first doses and on their third doses for immunocompromised individuals. See details below for a Redding clinic being run this Sunday August 22 that will be providing vaccine for such individuals.

The recent announcement from the 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 about the booster program. Information on this will be disseminated on later date.

So far 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 contact a vaccine provider 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.

For anyone desiring a first dose and for those who are considered moderately to severely immunocompromised Redding is running a COVID vaccine clinic this Sunday, August 22nd from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Redding Community Center. Pfizer, Moderna, and J & J vaccine will be available. No appointment is needed.

Dr. Lawrence Leibowitz
Director of Health

Doug Hartline, RS
Health Officer


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