Health Department offering third dose of mRNA vaccine
People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems can now get an additional dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.
Local health departments across the state are administering the additional dose option with no appointment necessary. Other regular healthcare providers have also been encouraged to begin offering it to eligible patients, the Tennessee Department of Health said.
TDH said those with any of the following conditions are eligible:
•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 do not need to prove their diagnosis to be eligible for an additional vaccine dose, the health department said.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines visit covid19.tn.gov or www.vaccines.gov to schedule an appointment with a local vaccine provider.