When I wrote on Friday that CDC approval of a third COVID vaccine dose for organ recipients was going to happen really soon, it wasn’t hyperbole. It actually happened that very afternoon (Friday August 13)! My family, like so many other donor/recipient families, was elated. Our first impulse was “quick, get thee to a pharmacy!”
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and after reading an important article on “6 Things to Know,” my son took the precaution of contacting his medical providers. Once he got the green light, he called his pharmacy to see if they were offering the Pfizer shot, which was what he received for the first two. And yesterday, barely 24 hours after CDC approval, he happily received the third dose! Fingers crossed.
So, if you or someone you know is immuno-compromised and ready to run to the nearest pharmacy for a jab, slow down just a bit–you’ve waited this long, you can wait a little longer. Take a slow deep breath, contact your transplant team, and read that short article first.
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