Aviva Health is now offering third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to individuals who are immunocompromised.
The announcement comes after authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and Oregon Health Authority that certain people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised can receive a third dose of the mRNA vaccines.
A third dose of a vaccine is different than a booster. Boosters are typically given when immunity has diminished, according to the Oregon Health Authority. A third dose provides greater immunity to people whose existing medical conditions may inhibit strong protection from the first two doses.
“The delta COVID-19 is devastating Douglas County right now,” said Aviva Health Vice President of Community Health Christin Rutledge in a press release. “It’s vitally important that eligible immunocompromised individuals get this third dose of these vaccines, which have proven to decrease hospitalization, transmission and death.”
To be eligible for a third shot, individuals must have received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least 28 days prior to the third dose.
Rutledge also urges individuals who are still not vaccinated to get the shot.
“People in our community are dying and the health care system is being overwhelmed,” she said. “The best pathway out of this dire situation is to protect yourself and the community through vaccination, which time and again has proven to be safe and effective.”
“We’ll reach herd immunity either through vaccination uptake or spread of the virus,” Rutledge said. “There’s the fast, safe way and the painful way, and for the sake of the people of Douglas County I hope we choose fast and safe.”