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Third Dose Appointments Available For Immunocompromised Individuals

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (August 17, 2021)-- Today, Seminole County launched third-dose COVID-19 appointments at PrepareSeminole.org for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who have received two mRNA vaccine doses of Moderna or Pfizer, with their last dose at least 28 days ago. 

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals are identified as people who:

  • Have received a solid organ transplant;
  • Are presented taking immunosuppressant medications;
  • Are presently being treated for cancer;
  • Or have other qualifying conditions. 

No other populations are eligible to receive third doses at this time. Individuals seeking a third dose vaccine should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. 

In addition to the County’s sites, eligible individuals may also receive a booster vaccine from private providers or community clinics. 

MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY
Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris and Florida Department of Health in Seminole County Health Officer Donna Walsh will be available for interview today at 3:30p.m. at Seminole County Public Safety Building, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Who is eligible for third dose COVID-19 vaccines?
    • Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals are identified as people who:
      • Have received a solid organ transplant;
      • Are presented taking immunosuppressant medications;
      • Are presently being treated for cancer;
      • Or have other qualifying conditions. 
  • Will I need a prescription or note from my doctor to receive a third dose?
    • No. Eligible individuals should ask their physician about receiving a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer. 
  • Can I go to any County vaccine clinic or point of dispensing to receive a third dose?
    • No. Only specified Seminole County third dose shot locations will administer third doses – first/second vaccination sites will NOT administer third dose.
  • Where can I find a vaccine clinic or point of dispensing in Seminole County?
  • Will mobile clinics be offered in the same locations where I received my initial vaccine?
    • While some third dose shot clinics may be offered at prior mobile vaccine site locations, future sites are based entirely on the availability of facilities at the time of need. Visit prepareseminole.org to find out where upcoming third dose shot clinics locations.
  • What will I need to bring to the third dose vaccine clinic?
    • Bring a photo ID and your CDC vaccination card (or Florida Shots record).
  • How long do I need to wait between second and third doses before getting the booster?
    • Eligible individuals must be at least twenty-eight (28) days past their second dose date to receive a third dose shot.
  • Which vaccines have Emergency Use Authorization for a third dose shot?
    • Pfizer and Moderna, or mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are approved for third doses for eligible individuals. 
  • Can I interchange manufacturers when getting additional doses?
    • For individuals who received either Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. Individuals should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. 
  • Why should I get a third dose?
    • The CDC advises that some immunocompromised individuals do not always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised individuals do, and may benefit from an additional dose to ensure adequate protection against COVID-19. The CDC also suggested that fully vaccinated immunocompromised individuals have accounted for a large proportion of hospitalized “breakthrough cases,” and that suggests immunocompromised individuals are more likely to transmit the virus to household contacts.
  • Are appointments required at Seminole County sites for third doses?
    • Yes, visit PrepareSeminole.org to find Eventbrite links for appointments. If you are unable to register online for an appointment, please call 407-665-0000 (Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.)
  • Where are third dose clinics located?
    • Mobile third dose vaccine sites will be offered in various locations throughout the County; the links available at PrepareSeminole.org will indicate available appointments in their respective locations. 
  • Is there an age limit on third dose vaccines?
    • Yes. Individuals must be 12 years of age or older. Individuals 12-17 will need a parent/guardian (with photo ID) present at the vaccine appointment.
  • Can I visit a site if I am sick?
    • No. Please reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well. 

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