COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available at the Ocracoke Health Center. Photo: C. Leinbach

Both the Ocracoke Health Center and the Hyde County Health Department can now provide a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to those who qualify.

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose.
This includes people who have: 
–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. People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

Mandy Cochran, a registered nurse at the Ocracoke Health Center, said that Ocracoke has some COVID-19 cases and she echoed state officials that cases of the virus are surging all over the state.

“People thought (the virus) was done, but cases went up to 7,000 a few days ago,” she said.

She urged those who haven’t gotten vaccinated to do so.

Appointments for vaccines are required and to get a a third shot at the Ocracoke Health Center, call 252-928-1511, or call the Hyde County Health Department at 252-926-4467. 

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