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The update aims to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk.
CoVac-1 induced T-cell responses in about 90% of immunocompromised people with impaired B-cell function.
While vaccination typically provides robust protection against severe disease, they’re less effective for immunocompromised people.
Immunocompromised people ages 12 and older are also eligible for an additional shot.
Protecting the immunocompromised is not only a matter of health equity, it’s critical to ending the pandemic.
The CDC’s move triggered mixed feelings from the public and laid bare a split within the health care community.
Transplant recipients, people with advanced HIV and certain people with cancer or autoimmune diseases can get an additional vaccine dose.
Boosters reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by about 80% for people with HIV, cancer, autoimmune conditions or organ transplants.
Cancer patients undergoing treatment and those with suppressed immune systems eye the future—and the COVID pandemic’s wane—warily.
The largest peer-reviewed study of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine in cancer patients finds no more, and no different, side effects.
Organ transplant recipients take immunosuppressive drugs that impair immune response to pathogens and vaccines.
People with moderate to severe immune suppression are eligible for a fourth COVID vaccine dose.
Older and immunocompromised people and those with underlying health conditions could benefit most from additional shots.
Post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis could be a game-changer for immunocompromised people.
A growing number of transplant programs are barring patients who refuse COVID vaccines or giving them lower priority on waiting lists.
Full approval could encourage more people to get vaccinated and raises the prospect of off-label use.
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