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St. Louis County COVID-19 Update ~ August 18, 2021

posted Aug 20, 2021, 7:28 AM by City Clerk

August 18, 2021

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

 

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for Immunocompromised

The CDC is now recommending third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with specific health conditions who received either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Those health conditions include:

Undergoing active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood

Received an organ transplant and taking medicine to suppress the immune system

Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

Have advanced or untreated HIV infection

Being treated with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

If you do not have one of these conditions, you do not need to receive a third dose at this time. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should not seek out an additional shot. A third shot of either Pfizer or Moderna should be administered no sooner than 28 days following your second dose. It is crucial that only moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals seek out a third shot.

Patients seeking a third dose are encouraged to come to the John C. Murphy Health Center, the North Central Community Health Center or the South County Community Health Center. DPH continues to accept walk-ins, and while DPH recommendations that immunocompromised patients discuss the decision to get a 3rddose with their healthcare provider, patients do not need a referral in order to receive a third dose. Patients are encouraged to bring their vaccination card with them for their third shot. If you no longer have your vaccination card and were not vaccinated by DPH, please attempt to reach out to your original vaccination provider.

In regards to all County residents, DPH is still awaiting the specific details from the CDC and FDA on the boosters.  DPH will absolutely prioritize and lift opportunities for County residents as that becomes more clear. The planning of additional vaccination sites has begun, including the identifying of additional funding needs and as those details become available, our efforts will be announced.

 

County Executive Press Conference

 

Monday's press conference by County Executive Dr. Sam Page and Deputy Director Spring Schmidt can be found here​:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWzNUPPFUdo

Testing and Vaccine Information

​For the latest information on COVID-19 testing, vaccines and additional resources, please click here or list https://revivestl.com.

​If you have questions regarding the latest COVID-19 guidelines, please contact the St. Louis County Department of Public Health at (314) 615-9700.

Sara Dayley

Public Information Officer

Saint Louis County Department of Public Health

 

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