COVID Vaccine in Immune Compromised Patients:
The following information is provided by Ewa Schafer, M.D.:
Based on what is currently known, if you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected against COVID even if you are fully vaccinated. This applies to patients with immune problems, those taking medications that lower immunity including individuals taking daily steroids such as prednisone, certain injectable medications, Rituxan, and cancer chemotherapy.
Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions especially avoiding crowds/large groups as your immune status may be unknown.
If you choose to unmask, we would recommend only unmasking around others who are fully vaccinated. Even then there is not 100 % certainty this would prevent you from getting COVID, but it will minimize the risk.
For more information please visit the CDC's website.