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DCMC to begin immunocompromised COVID booster shots next week

You can begin scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine booster shots at Door County Medical Center if you are immunocompromised.


The hospital announced it would be providing the Moderna boosters for eligible immunocompromised people on Tuesday, August 24th in Fish Creek and Wednesday, August 25th in Sturgeon Bay. Those eligible for the booster include those undergoing cancer treatments, receiving new stem cells, organs, or high dose corticosteroids, or suffering from cancer, HIV, or moderate-to-severe primary immunodeficiency. With the Centers for Disease Control recommending everyone to eventually receive their 3rd dose eight months after their second shot, Door County Medical Center President and CEO Brian Stephens says they are preparing for a massive undertaking later this fall.

Stephens added that some have tried to jump the line for the booster, but says those people will have to wait as they follow state and CDC guidelines. You can schedule your Moderna booster shot with Door County Medical Center through its patient portal. If you received the Pfizer vaccine, it is recommended you schedule your booster shot through Door County Public Health or the provider you received your first two doses. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not eligible for a booster shot at this time as more data is needed before it can be administered safely.  


Recently released state data shows that people not fully vaccinated were three times more likely to test positive, nearly four times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die because of COVID-19.  Door County Public Health Officer Sue Powers said on Monday there had been 17 breakthrough infections for those vaccinated against COVID-19 out of the 59 total positive cases. The county added an additional 23 new positive cases in its Thursday report.


Additional Information from Door County Medical Center

For eligible immunocompromised people, the CDC recommends the same vaccine as previous doses.

DCMC will be providing Moderna 3rd doses for adults who meet the immunocompromised criteria below.

Individuals who have received Pfizer should contact Public Health to schedule their 3rd dose at 920-746-2234

Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not eligible for an additional dose at this time. 

Your additional dose must be administered at least 28 days after your vaccination series has been completed.

Children age 12-18 should contact the DCMC pediatric department.


Eligible immunocompromised criteria:

The CDC recommends a 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. This includes people who have completed a vaccination series with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna and are/have:

  • 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

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