State health officials are encouraging eligible Hoosiers to get a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. This additional dose is different from the booster shots recently announced by the Biden administration.
That’s as cases are surging statewide – and likely to get worse in the coming weeks.
Dr. Lindsay Weaver, Indiana Department of Health chief medical officer, said right now, immunocompromised Hoosiers who originally received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine should get a third dose.
"This includes people who are undergoing treatment for cancer, recipients of solid organ or stem cell transplants, individuals who have advanced or untreated HIV infection and people who are taking certain medications that suppress their immune system," she said.
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Weaver said, if possible, get the same brand of vaccine that you originally received, but that Pfizer recipients can get a Moderna booster and vice versa.
The additional dose is available 28 days after an immunocompromised Hoosier got their third shot. The booster shots pending FDA and CDC approval may be available five to eight months after a second dose.
Weaver also said the state’s vaccination clinics are walk-in, and the state is working to add capacity in the coming weeks to ensure sites are prepared to give shots to everyone who needs them.