Southeast Georgia Health System Offers Third Dose to Immunocompromised Individuals
Following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Southeast Georgia Health System is now offering a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals with specific immune conditions at its Brunswick and Camden Campus vaccine clinics.
Currently, the CDC is only recommending moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals receive the third 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 two 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 or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Those seeking a third dose must provide documentation of their medical condition from their physician. They must receive the same vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna, as received for their first and second dose. The third dose can be received as early as 28 days after the second dose. Those who received their first and second doses earlier this year are eligible now as long as they qualify based on the CDC conditions listed above.
The Health System will offer third dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at both of its vaccine clinics on the Brunswick and Camden campuses. Walk-ins are permitted based on vaccine availability; appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure vaccine availability. To schedule an appointment, visit sghs.org/covid19-vaccine. The schedule is as follows:
- Brunswick Campus: Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.
- Camden Campus: Mondays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Health System anticipates being able to provide third doses to everyone age 12 and older by September 20, 2021 based on CDC guidelines.
The Georgia Department of Public Health vaccination clinic locations are listed online at gachd.org/vaccine or call 912-230-5506.
About Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, two comprehensive Cancer Care Centers and multiple specialty care centers, including orthopaedic and spine care, joint replacement, breast care, maternity, outpatient rehabilitation, sleep management and wound care. The Brunswick Campus Cancer Care Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and offers the only CyberKnife® M6 with MLC technology in Georgia. Additionally, the Southeast Georgia Physician Associates medical group includes more than 160 providers working in 20 different medical specialties at more than 50 locations. The Health System is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. For more information, visit sghs.org.