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Eligible New Yorkers can start getting third dose of vaccine

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Eligible New Yorkers can start getting third dose of vaccine

Some New Yorkers can now get a third vaccine shot following FDA approval of the extra dose last week.

The CDC recommends anyone who is moderately to severely immunocompromised get the additional shot, including those who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medications 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, cancer chemotherapy that causes sever immunosuppression, or other medications that may suppress your immune response.

Patients should contact their healthcare provider about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them at this time.

Eligible people must wait at least 28 days after their second dose to get a third.

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