Eligibility for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA recommends those who are significantly immunocompromised to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines currently approved by the FDA (Pfizer; and Moderna, which has emergency use authorization).  In accordance with their recommendation and that of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, we’re now providing third dose vaccines at Ohio State to eligible individuals.

At this time there is no additional dose recommendation for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Who’s eligible for a third dose?

Individuals who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines who have undergone a solid organ transplant or who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise are eligible for a third dose.

Eligible conditions include:

  • Organ transplant
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Cancer patients who have had a diagnosis or active treatment within the last 5 years
  • Advanced or untreated HIV/AIDS
  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Patients receiving IVIG, a biologic or other immunosuppressive medication (ex. mycophenolate)
  • Patients receiving >20 mg of Prednisone per day for longer than 14 days
  • Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic leukemia (SLL) who have been diagnosed at any time

If you have questions on eligibility criteria, please contact your provider. We’ll continue to update this page as any new information becomes available or if eligibility expands.

If eligible, when can I get my third dose vaccine?

If you’re eligible, you can receive your third dose 28 days or more after your second vaccine dose.

Can I get my third dose at Ohio State if I received the first and second doses elsewhere?

Yes, our scheduling team will validate your proof of vaccination when scheduling your third dose.

How to schedule

All third dose vaccines must be scheduled in advance in order to validate your previous vaccine doses and make sure you receive the correct manufacturer. If you think you’re eligible for a third dose vaccine, log in to MyChart or call 614-688-8299 (VAXX) to schedule. When scheduling, you'll be able to choose from any of our public vaccination sites.