UCSD Chief Medical Officer provides overview of booster injections

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s a hot topic of conversation for a chilled shot.

“I think it’s very confusing and I don’t blame people for being confused when they hear this ever-changing news,” said Dr Chris Longhurst, medical director of UCSD Health.

ABC 10News therefore turned to an expert to better explain the booster shots and who can get them.

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention landed Thursday night on some clearer ground rules regarding these booster shots.

First, these are people 65 years of age and over and those living in long-term care facilities.

Second, those between the ages of 50 and 64 with underlying health issues.

“Now the CDC has also said that there are groups that could be recalled. And that includes people aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions or those aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk because of their workplace. And that includes healthcare workers, ”Longhurst said.

Pfizer is currently the only vaccine with the green light for booster injections from the CDC.

Longhurst said recommendations for a Moderna recall could take a few weeks.

But, there are people who get an additional photo of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

“So people who have received Moderna or Johnsons and Johnson are only asked to receive a second or third injection if they are immunocompromised or have had a transplant,” Longhurst said.

Longhurst told ABC 10News that those guidelines were in place before the recall guidelines.

He said there is a difference between a recall shot and those who receive a second or third hit in the arm.

“So a third dose is really to help you achieve that initial immunity that we’ve found that immunocompromised people don’t get after two doses,” Longhurst said.

“While for the rest of us who did it after two hits and it goes down, that’s what we call a booster shot. “

With all of this new guidance from the CDC, data from the San Diego vaccination registry shows that as of Thursday there were already more than 43,000 additional doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson in the county.

A San Diego County spokesperson emailed ABC 10News: “Of these doses, 21,992 (50.8%) were Moderna, 20,568 (47.5%) were Pfizer, and 748 (1 , 7%) of the J&J. Most of the 43,408 additional doses in total were administered at CVS (31.1%), followed by Rite Aid (11.2%) and UCSD (8.2%) with a variety of other pharmacies, providers and health systems making up the rest. “

“Note that while it may appear that some people received more than one extra dose, data entry or administrative errors in the initial report should also be considered as contributing to the total number. The SDIR does not routinely record information as to whether individuals are immunocompromised, so our dose numbers do not define how many of those 43,308 are immunosuppressed, duplicate, etc. Some people who are not immunocompromised may have received additional doses.

Longhurst said the 3,000 doses they administered met CDC criteria and contacted high-risk patients to get them those doses.

“There was nothing suspicious or cheating going on. We know that there are people who go to pharmacies and attest that they deserve a third injection or that they could be immunocompromised. And it’s very difficult for pharmacies to control the police, ”Longhurst said.

Booster injections are now part of the ever-evolving pandemic.

Longhurst encourages people to contact healthcare professionals when it comes to them.

“So it’s a crazy time. But if you’re eligible, contact your doctor or healthcare system and we’d love to give you a reminder.