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Third Dose Information

Current COVID-19 Vaccine Third Dose Information

The Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending third doses for certain individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID two-dose vaccine series.

Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?

Currently, the CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people who received an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the second dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine 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
  • Treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

**Individuals not included in the criteria above are not approved/eligible for a third dose at this time. Please contact your health care provider if you have questions about your eligibility.**

Starting Sept. 20, the Surgeon General has announced a plan to offer third dose vaccines to all adults previously vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, eight months after the second dose. This is subject to authorization from the FDA and sign-off from the CDC. We are carefully monitoring for developments and working closely with local and state public health entities as guidance evolves.