Supplemental Dose/ Booster Guidance
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that individuals with a weakened immune system who received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines obtain a supplemental dose (commonly referred to as a ‘booster dose’), ideally of the same type you have already received.
Examples of those with weakened immune systems include, but are not limited to, those who have had a solid organ transplant such as a kidney or lung, have advanced or untreated HIV, or are undergoing chemotherapy or receiving other immune-suppressing treatment.
If you already have an appointment scheduled in our Transplant Clinic, one of our Cancer Clinics, or other clinics treating immunocompromised patients, you may be able to receive your supplemental dose during your appointment. Not all clinics will offer vaccinations at this time, so please call ahead to confirm.
Or, if you have these or related conditions that compromised your immune system and are a UNC Health patient, you can schedule your appointment for a supplemental dose through My UNC Chart.
Supplemental doses are widely available at local pharmacies and through NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). If you are not a UNC Health patient, visit the NCDHHS website for a full listing of where vaccines are available in your community.
The CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who 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 2 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
Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for you.
For all others who have been vaccinated:
- At present, the CDC does not recommend people with weakened immune systems who initially received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine receive a booster vaccine dose. More data on booster vaccination for this group is expected soon, and this guidance is likely to change.
- We are closely monitoring announcements from the CDC regarding who other than people with weakened immune systems may become eligible for supplemental vaccine doses.
Thank you for your patience as we work to confirm these details. Please check back here for updates.