Beginning Wednesday at the Owensboro Regional Health Hospital, the first 40 people in the city were able to get their COVID-19 booster shots.
“For patients that have immunity-compromised conditions, such as receiving chemo therapy, any untreated HIV patients, anybody with an organ transplant, and there are a few other smaller categories," said Dr. Francis DuFrayne, chief medical officer of Owensboro Health.
Some of those other categories include those that are actively taking medicine that suppresses their immune system and those that have received a stem cell transplant.
The booster is only available to those that received a Pfizer or moderna vaccine, and Dr. DuFrayne spoke about when people should start considering getting their booster shot, based one when they got their vaccine.
“So the recommendation is eight months after, so what we’re starting to see, is that starting at about the six to seven month perio'd, the antibody levels start to decrease some, and then by eight months, they go down by enough that we would benefit from a booster," said Dr. DuFrayne.
44News spoke with an immonocompromised woman at the hospital who says she’s planning on getting the booster shot as soon as possible.
"For me, it’s important," said Wendy Wilson. "I have an auto-immune disease, and I take medicine every six weeks that compromises my immune system, so I definitely think it’s the right thing to do.”
Though it’s just the immunocompromised able to sign up for the booster shots now, officials expect more to be able to sign up soon.
“We fully anticipate that healthcare workers will be next," said Dr. DuFrayne. "Probably in a week or two, and then after that, they’ll probably open it to the general population.”
Officials at the hospital say a few slots are still open to sign up for the booster shot this week. Visit Owensborohealth.org to to claim an appointment.