Comal County taking appointments for third dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Third dose vaccines restricted to people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised

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NEW BRUNFELS, Texas – Comal County residents who are moderate to severely immunocompromised can now make appointments for a third dose of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

According to a news release from Comal County Public Health, residents who received the second dose at least four weeks ago and who meet the following criteria will be eligible for a third dose:

  • 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 2 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

Residents are urged to talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. For people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. No additional doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are currently recommended.

Residents who have not received any vaccinations are also urged to make an appointment to get one.

Anyone wishing to make an appointment for a vaccine can call the Comal County Public Health Department at 830-221-1150.

Health officials on Monday reported 103 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county total to 15,503. Public Health also confirmed the death of a New Braunfels man in his 50′s. The death toll in Comal County from COVID-19 is now at 369.

“COVID numbers are at an all-time high and getting vaccinated is still our best shield against the virus. We encourage those who have not received the vaccine to consider it,” Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser said. “Individuals who are immunocompromised and qualify for the third dose are now eligible to receive it. The hospitals are finding that most of the COVID patients are unvaccinated and very ill.”

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