Grand Strand area hospitals offering third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Conway Medical Center and Tidelands Health are now offering a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the immunocompromised.

“Booster versus third dose, it’s really the same thing. The third dose in theory would act as a booster to boost the person’s immunity,” said Gayle Resetar, the chief operating officer for Tidelands Health.

According to Tidelands Health website, the third dose applies to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

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

CDC

To read more about this recommendation from the CDC, go to their site here.

“We know that these patients that fall in these categories, they may not have responded quite as robustly to the two-dose regiment as a patient who is not in these categories so the FDA felt like a third dose for them might give them a sort of an extra layer of protection,” said Dr. Paul Richardson, the chief medical officer for Conway Medical Center.

The booster only applies to those who received a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Those who qualify can get a third dose of either after their initial two doses.

The CDC recommends a third dose at least 28 days after their second dose.

“If somebody got Moderna early on and they are unable to go and get a third Moderna shot than we can administer the Pfizer but it’s recommended if you can go back to a place that has the Moderna, that would be the best,” Resetar said.

Eligible people must be at least 12 years old to receive the Pfizer vaccine and at least 18 years old to receive the Moderna vaccine.

Tidelands Health asks you bring your COVID-19 vaccination card to the appointment. A doctor’s note or prescription for a third dose is not required.

Resetar said they’re using the honor system and self-attesting is all that is necessary to verify eligibility.

According to Conway Medical Center’s website, the vaccination may cause mild side effects including pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills or joint pain.

Dr. Richardson and Resetar want to stress that this third dose is only for the immunocompromised.

“Do I think extra doses will be coming for other groups? Yes. I do. Right now I want folks to keep in mind though the FDA approval is very specific in nature and it’s these immunocompromised individuals,” Richardson said.

The shots through Conway Medical Center are available at CMC Health Plaza South Location, found at 6010 SC Hwy. 707 in Myrtle Beach. Appointments are not required. The shots are for immunocompromised people only.

The shots will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The shots through Tidelands Health are available at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Waccamaw Medical Park West, and Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common.

The shots will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for walk-ins. No appointment is necessary.

News13 reached out to McLeod Health who said at this time they are not offering the 3rd dose to the public.

News13 also reached out to Grand Strand Medical on this but did not receive a response back yet.

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