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4th COVID-19 Vaccine Offered To Some Immunocompromised Oklahomans

4th COVID-19 Vaccine Offered To Some Immunocompromised Oklahomans

Pfizer vaccine in Mexico. (Courtesy: Baja California Health Department)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — As Oklahoma’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the Oklahoma Department of Health says it is preparing to provide an additional booster dose to immunocompromised individuals.

While current vaccines and boosters may be enough to protect most Americans from serious illness for the rest of the winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is more likely to recommend a fourth dose for people with compromised immune systems.

The CDC says it is considering a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as part of the primary immunization schedule for immunocompromised people, adding that a fourth injection would serve as a booster dose for those Americans.

A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being prepared at Lurie Children's Hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Name Y. Huh, File)
A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being prepared at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Name Y. Huh, File)

Now the Oklahoma State Department of Health says it is ready to offer a fourth vaccine to immunocompromised Oklahoma.

In a tweet published Friday, OSDH said immunocompromised individuals who received their third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in August can now make an appointment for a fourth dose.

To make an appointment for a booster dose, visit the health department website.

FILE: COVID-19 vaccine (Photos by Tang Ming Tung/DigitalVision/Getty Images)
FILE: COVID-19 vaccine (Photos by Tang Ming Tung/DigitalVision/Getty Images)

The Israeli government is already offering a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose to health professionals and individuals 60 and older in an effort to bolster protection amid the global microwave wave of the pandemic.

Preliminary results published showed that a second booster dose saw a “five-fold increase in the number of antibodies in the vaccinated person,” according to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

in Dec, Pfizer officials have announced a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may be needed if the ommicron variant increases.

Earlier this month, Moderna officials agreed, saying that people may need a fourth injection by the fall of 2022.