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Guthrie Statement on Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals

Washington, August 13, 2021 | S.K. Bowen (202-225-3501)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee Brett Guthrie (KY-02) released the following statement on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised individuals.

“Today’s recommendation by CDC’s independent vaccine advisory panel gives people who are immunocompromised the opportunity to receive an extra layer of protection with a third COVID-19 vaccine dose. This is important for people who are organ transplant recipients, have certain cancers, or have other medical conditions that compromise their immune system. COVID-19 vaccines work. The data from local health care providers and federal health agencies proves it. Unvaccinated patients represent the vast majority of hospitalizations from COVID-19 right now in Kentucky and across the country. With the Delta variant relentlessly spreading through communities across the country, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated for COVID-19. As always, if you have any questions, contact your health care provider,” said Guthrie.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today recommended a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for immunocompromised individuals, which are estimated to be about 2.7% of U.S. adults. Yesterday, the FDA authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose from Pfizer and Moderna for immunocompromised individuals.