Joey Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo

Joey Thompson gets his first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Ash Way Park-n-Ride site on April 21, 2021 in Lynnwood, Washington. Sound Publishing file photo

Some people qualify for third shot of vaccine, says health department

New guidance comes as cases skyrocket in Washington and nation.

Health care providers in Washington can now give a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to certain people who are immunocompromised, according to the state Department of Health.

The decision to allow this third shot comes after the FDA recommended the third shot for immunocompromised people.

Although the vaccines show high rates of protection against the variants, studies now suggest that people who have moderate to severely compromised immune systems don’t always have the same level of immunity compared to those without compromised immune systems, according to the DOH.

The third shot should be taken at least 28 days after the second shot, according to the DOH.

People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should not get another shot at this time, according to the DOH. People who don’t have compromised immune systems do not need a third shot.

The third shot for people with compromised immune systems should not be seen as a booster, but rather as an additional dose for people who never developed the full immunity from the first two shots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has a full list of conditions that qualify people for the third shot.

COVID-19 cases across the country and in Washington have surged in recent weeks. Over the last 30 days, both King and Pierce counties have seen COVID-19 cases rise between 300 and 599%, according to the DOH. Much of this increase is attributed to the new highly contagious Delta variant.

Even after immunocompromised people get their third shot, the DOH still recommends wearing a mask and socially distancing to protect themselves from the virus.




In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@valleyrecord.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.valleyrecord.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

NW Carpenters Union members strike in front of downtown Bellevue construction site (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
Carpenters union strike interupts some prominent Eastside construction projects

Union representative says members are prepared to strike “as long as it takes.”

Map of proposed landfill expansion sites (screenshot from King County website)
Waste management expert knocks county’s plan to expand landfill

The waste management advocate said the decision to expand seems pre-determined despite assessment.

Participants in fundraiser previous event (courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter)
Walk To End Alzheimer’s returns to Eastside on Sept. 25

Alzheimer’s Association moves forward with plans for an in-person event.

file photo
State employees including first responders sue state over vaccine mandate

The lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 90 plaintiffs claims Inslee’s order is unconstitutional.

Masked spectators watch Mount Si’s Sept. 10 football game against Yelm High School. Photo Courtesy of Calder Productions.
Snoqualmie Valley schools deal with COVID cases, staffing shortages

Enrollment numbers rose as students in the Snoqualmie Valley School District successfully… Continue reading

North Bend City Council. 	Courtesy photo
North Bend limits restrictions on low-income housing

The North Bend City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Sept. 7 in… Continue reading

Cars lined up at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital on March 26, 2021, as people awaited their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the hospital’s first mass vaccination event. File Photo contributed by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital.
Valley COVID case rates decrease, but remain high

COVID-19 case rates across the Snoqualmie Valley decreased in some areas over… Continue reading

Pixabay photo
Union carpenters to go on strike, expected to impact Eastside Microsoft projects

Members authorized strike after rejecting AGC offer for the fourth time.

Most Read