COVID-19 Vaccine Third Doses

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COVID-19 Vaccine Third Doses

As our region’s leader in COVID-19 vaccination and response, Tidelands Health is offering a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in alignment with CDC guidelines.

A third dose is administered to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised who did not build enough protection when they first received the vaccine. A third dose should be administered at least four weeks after the second dose.

For more information about booster doses, which have been authorized for certain groups to help maintain strong protection from the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here.

Who is eligible to receive a third dose?

The CDC continues to recommend that people ages 12 and older whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely receive an additional dose of mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses.

How do I know if I need third dose?

Per the CDC, a third dose is recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised people. This includes people ages 12 and older who have:

  • Been 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 two 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

How long should I wait after my first and second doses to receive a third dose?

For immunocompromised individuals seeking a third dose, CDC guidance states that the additional dose of mRNA vaccine should be administered at least four weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Where can I receive a third dose at Tidelands Health?

Tidelands Health offers the COVID-19 vaccine on a walk-in basis at three regional vaccination sites. For locations, hours and more, please click here.

Patients may also receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Tidelands Health Family Medicine locations with a regularly scheduled appointment.

How much does a third dose cost?

There is no cost to you to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I mix and match COVID-19 vaccines when I receive my third dose?

For immunocompromised individuals seeking a third dose, the CDC recommends people receive a third dose of the same mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine originally received. If the vaccine product you received for the first two doses is not available, you may receive the other mRNA vaccine. At this time, the FDA authorization for third dose vaccine for immunocompromised individuals only applies to mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccines.

Do I need to bring anything with me to receive a third dose?

Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination record. Or, if your card is not available, please let our registration staff know at check-in the brand of vaccine you initially received and the date of your second dose. A doctor’s note or prescription for a booster dose or third dose is not required. Self-attestation is all that is necessary to verify eligibility.

Which COVID-19 vaccine is Tidelands Health offering?

At this time, we are administering the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) at our regional vaccination sites, physician offices and mobile clinics.

What vaccine is administered for a third dose?

Tidelands Health is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the third dose. At this time, we only offer the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Individuals seeking a third dose of the Moderna vaccine can find a provider via the South Carolina DHEC website by clicking here.

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