Counties now offering third vaccine shot

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Immunocompromised people in Sedgwick County and Sumner County may now get additional doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.The counties are offering the shots on different schedules, in part due to the vastly different population sizes. The Sedgwick County Health Department’s effort began on Wednesday. Sumner County will begin next week.Those getting the shot need to self-attest to having a moderately or severely weakened immune system and who have previously received two doses of vaccine. Documentation of a qualifying condition is not a requirement. People who can receive a third dose should bring documentation of their first and second doses to the vaccine site.People who can receive the third dose have one or more of the following conditions or treatments:• Active treatment for solid tumor or hematologic malignancies.• Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy.• Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within two years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy).• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes).• Advanced or untreated HIV infection.• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (for example, more than 20 mg of prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.Third dose guidance only applies to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. There is not enough data to determine if an additional dose of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine will improve the immune response in people with weakened immune systems.Right now, the Sedgwick County community vaccine clinic at 223 S. Main in Wichita is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Next week’s hours could be expanded, based on demand.The county is continuing to offer no-cost COVID-19 testing at Sedgwick County Park, at the Sunflower Shelter. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and until 6 p.m. Wednesday. People should enter off 13th Street North and follow the signs. Appointments are not needed.If you have general questions about COVID-19 in Sedgwick County, call 316-660-1022.Sumner County will make the third shot available beginning at next Wednesday’s COVID-19 vaccine day. To schedule an appointment, call the Sumner County Health Department at 620-326-2774.
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