Where, how can I qualify for a 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose in Austin?

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This picture taken on November 17, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

This picture taken on November 17, 2020 shows a syringe and a bottle reading “Vaccine Covid-19. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement this week authorizing an extra COVID-19 dose for the immunocompromised, several Austin-area pharmacies are now carrying booster shots.

Who’s eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot?

The CDC defines immunocompromised individuals as people who are at an increased risk for contracting and transmitting COVID-19 due to health conditions that have impaired their immune systems. Examples of immunocompromised conditions include the following:

  • Individuals actively receiving cancer treatment for tumors or blood-related cancers
  • Individuals who’ve undergone an organ transplant and are taking medication that may suppress their immune systems
  • Individuals who’ve received a stem cell transplant within the past two years and are taking medication that may suppress their immune systems
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency, including DiGeorge syndrome and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • Individuals with advanced stage or untreated HIV infections
  • Individuals actively receiving treatment using high-dose corticosteroids or similar drugs that can suppress immune responses

Per the CDC, about 3% of the adult population are moderately to severely immunocompromised and are recommended to receive an additional COVID-19 dose.

Where can I find a third COVID-19 vaccine dose in Austin?

Both CVS and Walgreens now offer a COVID-19 booster shot for both Pfizer and Moderna recipients.

CVS

CVS offers both walk-in and scheduled appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations, with appointment times available in Austin for a third dose. Individuals are asked to fill out a pre-screening questionnaire, which includes information on which vaccine they previously received and the date of their second dose.

Several Austin-based locations have available third dose appointments beginning the week of Aug. 15. Click here to find a CVS location near you.

Dripping Springs Pharmacy

Representatives from Wellness Martin’s Compounding Pharmacy — which oversees Dripping Springs Pharmacy — confirmed to KXAN Monday it had begun offering third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for immunocompromised patients.

Third doses are available by appointment only.

H-E-B

H-E-B officials confirmed Monday the grocery store chain is now offering third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to qualifying immunocompromised patients. Officials recommend patients book their third dose appointments in advance to minimize wait times.

Lamar Plaza Drug Store

Representatives from Wellness Martin’s Compounding Pharmacy — which oversees Lamar Plaza Drug Store — confirmed to KXAN Monday it had begun offering third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for immunocompromised patients.

Third doses are available by appointment only.

Walgreens

Walgreens is now offering appointments for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots on a walk-ins basis. According to company lists, there are 20 locations supplying Pfizer booster shots and seven locations providing third doses for Moderna recipients.

KXAN will continue updating this list as more local pharmacies and clinics offer booster shots.

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