Memorial Hermann Health System said in an Aug. 24 news release that third doses of the fully-approved Pfizer vaccine as well as the Moderna vaccine that is still under emergency use authorization – or coronavirus booster shots – are being administered at hospitals and clinics throughout the Greater Houston area to immunocompromised individuals as judged by criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Two local healthcare centers offering the booster shot are Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at 1635 N. Loop W. and Memorial Hermann’s Neighborhood Health Center – Greater Heights at 1800 W. 26th St., Suite 103.
People who qualify as moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals include:
- Those receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Organ transplant recipients and those who are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Those who have 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).
- Those with advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Those undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response.
Those receiving the booster should be prepared to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards, according to the release. Appointments to get the booster can be made online at memorialhermann.org/services/conditions/coronavirus/vaccine-request, but it can also be received without an appointment.
Beginning the week of Sept. 20, the hospital system said the booster will start being administered to the general public, per recommendations from the CDC.