Friday, September 3, 2021
Seniors & COVID-19 Boosters: What to Do Now
The latest CDC guidance now suggests that qualifying, high-risk individuals receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for added protection against the virus.
In a recent statement, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) formally recommended that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals receive a supplemental (third), COVID-19 booster shot. The recommendation applies to all qualifying individuals who have already completed a two-dose vaccination series with either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine do not need to take additional action at this time.
As a result of this latest development, it’s recommended that seniors consult their doctor or healthcare provider (if needed) for help in determining eligibility for a third dose of their given vaccine. Generally, qualifying individuals include those at heightened risk of infection due to:
- Active, ongoing cancer treatment
- Organ and/or stem cell transplant
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Taking certain medications which may weaken the immune system
Discovery Senior Living is staying vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC and other public health authorities, recommends that all residents and team members become fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
At present, prevention policies and recommended protective measures remain in place, including face masks in all indoor, public spaces of our communities nationwide. These policies apply to residents, team members and all visitors to the communities.
As this situation is ongoing, we will continue to evaluate new developments and take all, available measures to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in and around Discovery Senior Living communities.