Retail pharmacies offer third COVID vaccine to immunocompromised

Participating companies include Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Winn-Dixie.

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Retail pharmacy corporations across the United States are beginning to offer a free third dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people who are immunocompromised. 

Participating companies include Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Winn-Dixie. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced a recommendation that "individuals with moderately to severely compromised immune systems get an additional dose at least 28 days after receiving the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines."

The third shot should be the same brand as the first two.

However, it is important to note the additional vaccine for the immunocompromised population is different from the booster shot. The booster shot is given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time, according to the CDC. 

The CDC does not recommend an additional vaccine or a booster for any other population, as of now. 

To find a local COVID-19 vaccine, visit or a local pharmacy website. 




Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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