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Missouri approves covid-19 booster shots for immunocompromised

Missouri has approved COVID-19 booster shots for people with weakened immune systems. The Missouri State Health Department updated its guidance following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization. Kansas made a similar announcement last week.Missourians who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can now a get third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. “It really should not be considered a booster but rather a primary attempt protecting that patient population,” University of Kansas Health System Dr. Joseph McGuirk said. People who fall into that category must wait 28 days after their last dose to get the booster shot. The shot can be received anywhere first and second doses are available. No documentation of health status will be required. In Kansas they’ve already started giving out 3rd doses.12 people received a vaccination at the Johnson County Health Department’s Mission Clinic today, the first day that booster shots were available.Health records may not be required, but people will still need to fill out a form acknowledging they qualify under CDC criteria. Health officials stress that even with the new protection against the virus immunocompromised individuals still need to be vigilant. “It’s also important to state that these patients need to commute to social distance, where a face mask, avoid crowded populated areas, like stores and such as much as possible,” McGuirk Said.

Missouri has approved COVID-19 booster shots for people with weakened immune systems.

The Missouri State Health Department updated its guidance following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization. Kansas made a similar announcement last week.

Missourians who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can now a get third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

“It really should not be considered a booster but rather a primary attempt protecting that patient population,” University of Kansas Health System Dr. Joseph McGuirk said.

People who fall into that category must wait 28 days after their last dose to get the booster shot. The shot can be received anywhere first and second doses are available. No documentation of health status will be required. In Kansas they’ve already started giving out 3rd doses.

12 people received a vaccination at the Johnson County Health Department’s Mission Clinic today, the first day that booster shots were available.

Health records may not be required, but people will still need to fill out a form acknowledging they qualify under CDC criteria.

Health officials stress that even with the new protection against the virus immunocompromised individuals still need to be vigilant.

“It’s also important to state that these patients need to commute to social distance, where a face mask, avoid crowded populated areas, like stores and such as much as possible,” McGuirk Said.

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