If You’re Immune-Compromised, Your NorthShore Physician Can Help Schedule a COVID-19 Booster
If you are immunocompromised and would like to schedule a booster with NorthShore, please message via NorthShoreConnect or call your doctor to request to schedule. In response, you’ll receive a NorthShoreConnect message or auto-call prompting you to schedule. Please be patient as we are receiving a large volume of messages and calls regarding COVID-19 boosters.
Please note that it is recommended that you follow your first two doses with the same brand, if available. Currently there is not a recommendation for a booster for those who received the J&J/Janssen vaccine, and once there is such guidance, we will share it with you.
People aged 12+ who do not fall into the immunocompromised cohort should wait for an official FDA decision on booster necessity and timing.
Are You Immune-Compromised?
Per the CDC, you are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if you:
- Recently received or are receiving immunosuppressive chemotherapy for cancer, or any therapy for a blood based/hematological malignancy. Many cancer treatments such as hormonal therapies are not immunosuppressive. Patients with certain hematological cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma may qualify, even if not on treatment
- Received an organ transplant and took, or are taking, medications to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant and took, or are taking, medications to suppress the immune system
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Underwent or are undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (20 mg or more per day) or other drugs that may suppress your immune response