Sumary of CDC advisory group meets to review data on extra shots for immune-compromised:
- A panel of independent advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Thursday to discuss whether some patients may need an additional dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
- Concerns are growing that patients with weakened immune systems — including those with autoimmune diseases, HIV patients, cancer patients and organ transplant recipients — may remain vulnerable to Covid-19 even after full vaccination.
- Full coverage of the Covid-19 pandemicJuly 11, 202101:45Such patients may need second or third doses of a vaccine, depending on which vaccine they received.
- (The mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech require two doses, while the Johnson &
- )Israel, for example, has begun offering third doses of the Pfizer vaccine to people with weakened immune systems.
- While the vaccines do still appear to cut the risk of hospitalization and death in immune-compromised people, “clearly there’s a gap between those patients and those with normal immune systems,” said an occupational medicine expert, Dr. Melanie Swift, co-chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Covid-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Workgroup.
- As the highly contagious delta variant spreads across the country, “that makes it all the more important that we have a very strong immune response” from the vaccines, Gounder said.
- The CDC reported Tuesday that the variant accounted for 83 percent of new cases in the U.S.It is not unusual for vaccines to require multiple doses.