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Older people, immunocompromised people and those with underlying health conditions can benefit most from additional shots.
People with suppressed HIV respond well to mRNA vaccines, but individuals with a low CD4 count may not be adequately protected.
The monoclonal antibody combo is used as pre-exposure prophylaxis for immunocompromised people who may not respond to COVID-19 vaccines.
Safety tips for the evolving pandemic. Plus: Which groups—such as those with cancer or HIV—are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications?
The update aims to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk.
The good news is that only 4% of HIV-positive people experienced COVID breakthrough after vaccination.
CoVac-1 induced T-cell responses in about 90% of immunocompromised people with impaired B-cell function.
While vaccination typically provides robust protection against severe disease, they’re less effective for immunocompromised people.
Immunocompromised people ages 12 and older are also eligible for an additional shot.
Protecting the immunocompromised is not only a matter of health equity, it’s critical to ending the pandemic.
The CDC’s move triggered mixed feelings from the public and laid bare a split within the health care community.
Transplant recipients, people with advanced HIV and certain people with cancer or autoimmune diseases can get an additional vaccine dose.
Boosters reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by about 80% for people with HIV, cancer, autoimmune conditions or organ transplants.
Cancer patients undergoing treatment and those with suppressed immune systems eye the future—and the COVID pandemic’s wane—warily.
The largest peer-reviewed study of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine in cancer patients finds no more, and no different, side effects.
Organ transplant recipients take immunosuppressive drugs that impair immune response to pathogens and vaccines.
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