Tennessee Department of Health Offering Third Dose of mRNA Vaccine

Aug 16, 2021 at 04:00 pm by WGNS

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding an additional dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals.   

To date, Rutherford County has had 46,828 COVID cases. Currently, Rutherford County has 1,766 "Active" cases and 44,604 local residents have had COVID and have since recovered. There have been 458 deaths caused by COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. 

On August 13, the CDC accepted ACIP recommendations for an additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.  This includes approval for a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (approved for individuals age 12 years and above) and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (approved for individuals age 18 years and above).  The recommendation from the CDC does not include approval for an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Tennesseans should talk with their health care provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. 

Based on the recommendations from the FDA and CDC, moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals, are defined as:

• 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-yrs or taking meds to suppress immune system

• Moderate/severe primary immunodeficiency (Ex: DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

• Advanced or untreated HIV infection

• Active treatment w/ high-dose corticosteroids or drugs that may suppress immune response

For more information on the CDC’s recommendation for an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is available online.

A notification has been sent to all Tennessee providers with information on these recommendations.  Providers are encouraged to begin offering the additional dose option to eligible patients. 

Visit www.Vaccines.gov to find a vaccine site offering the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  Patients do not need to prove their diagnosis to be eligible for an additional vaccine dose. 

Local health departments across the state will be administering the additional dose option with no appointment necessary. 

Individuals seeking more information on the COVID-19 vaccines can visit covid19.tn.gov
or www.vaccines.gov to schedule an appointment with a local vaccine provider. 

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.  Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.


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