Who should get a 4th COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The fourth COVID-19 vaccine is now available for immunocompromised people ages 12 and older.
The US Centers for Disease Control recommends people with weakened or damaged immune systems get the fourth dose, saying those people should get at least three shots, with the fourth considered a booster.
People who aren’t immunocompromised should only need a third dose as a booster, the CDC said.
About 3% of Ohioans are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised, meaning only a select few have taken this fourth vaccine so far.
“There are a very select few who are going to qualify for this because it really protects those who need it the most,” said Aryeh Alex, a patient who received a fourth COVID-19 vaccine.
“But you know, we are reacting to science, to what science actually shows us that we need to do to maintain the highest level of protection for everyone,” said Dr. Carlos Malvestutto, infectious disease doctor from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
The CDC also shortened the waiting period for fourth injections from five months to three months.
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