Pfizer Booster Doses Now Available at 5 Months After Primary Series,

Additional Primary Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Children

 

In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rhode Island is now making Pfizer booster doses available to people who completed a primary series of Pfizer vaccine five months ago. Previously, people who completed a primary series of Pfizer vaccine needed to wait at least six months. The booster interval recommendations for people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (two months) or the Moderna vaccine (six months) have not changed.

 

Additionally, Rhode Island is aligning with CDC guidance and is recommending that children age 5 to 11 who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional (third) dose of vaccine 28 days after their second dose. This third dose is considered part of the primary series.  This is consistent with the guidance for moderately or severely immunocompromised adults. Because Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by people age 5 or older, moderately or severely immunocompromised children age 5 to 11 must get the Pfizer vaccine for this third dose.

 

“Our goal is to ensure that all Rhode Islanders receive a booster as soon as they are eligible to provide the added protection we need to keep ourselves and those around us safe,” said Governor Dan McKee. “It’s time for a boost, Rhode Island – if you haven’t already, I encourage you to make an appointment to get vaccinated or boosted today.” 

 

“Throughout this pandemic, we have updated our recommendations using the latest science to ensure that Rhode Islanders are getting the best protection,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “This is particularly important now, with the more contagious Omicron variant spreading in Rhode Island. If you or someone in your family is eligible for a third dose, make an appointment or head to a walk-up vaccination clinic today.”

 

People are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if they 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

 

More information about what constituents moderately or severely immunocompromised is available online. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5 to 11. 

 

General information about COVID-19 vaccination and vaccination sites is available at C19vaccineri.org.

 

Free at home COVID tests kits will be available to order Wednesday, January 19th. The White House says they'll be available nationwide and are limited to four kits per household. Tests are expected to be shipped within seven-to-12 days of ordering.        Vice President Harris has a message after being asked about what's next in the administration's push for voting rights legislation. Harris said "We keep fighting," noting they're in it for the long haul. Efforts to pass new laws on voting rights have been stalled in the Senate.        The go-head is being given for the case against the suspect in a deadly Wisconsin Christmas parade incident. A court commissioner made that ruling Friday for the case against Darrell Brooks. He faces nearly 80 charges for what happened back in November.        A case regarding a high school football coach and on-field prayers is headed to the high court. On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Joseph Kennedy's argument saying prayers taking place after games should be held in the same respect as the First Amendment. Kennedy was let go from his job in 2015 for refusing to stop prayers after football games.       Saturday Night Live is back on the air tomorrow night. In the show's first episode of the year, "West Side Story" and new Golden Globe winning actress Ariana Debose will take up hosting duties. The Jack Antonoff-led band Bleachers will fill the musical-guest slot.        A Los Angeles woman is thought to have made NHL History. During Thursday night's L.A. Kings game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, athletic trainer Aisha Visram sat behind the bench. The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society says it's believed that Visram is the first woman to ever do that.