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.”

Mike Henneke can be reached at mhenneke@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4208. Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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I find it interesting Douglas County Commissioners submitted a Covid related Letter to the Editor that was published by the North Bend newspaper (below link) that, as far as I can tell, was mentioned but not published in the News Review.



The mealy-mouthed takeaway from the letter you posted from the commissioners: "consider making the choice to get the vaccine in order to protect our community from continued grief."

The operative words: CONSIDER and CHOICE


Thank you Aviva Health!


Douglas County's Mercy Medical Center makes national news: "Oregon COVID-19 patient unable to get ICU bed dies." Mercy did not respond when asked for Comment.



Watched story on CNN today about Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon.


Dr. Gray was on OPB's Think Out Loud program yesterday. He's undoubtedly too busy doing his job to respond to all inquiries from the press.


Didn't stop Commissioner Tim Freeman from getting on the radio the other night to talk about O&C lands. Gotta have your priorities.


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