On Thursday the Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization for both Pfizer and Moderna to allow certain immunocompromised people to get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. One day later the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on it. The FDA has not yet approved a booster shot for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the CDC, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, people with advanced or untreated HIV and others with conditions or who take medications that weaken the immune system are all eligible.
Essex County didn’t waste any time. On Saturday, it gave out more than 350 booster vaccines. As of Monday afternoon, it had already administered an additional 300. On the question of eligibility for the booster shots, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo said, “What we’re doing is the honor system. We’re taking them at their word. That’s what we’ve done with the vaccinations early on and that’s what the state would like to see us do now.”