‘Waiting for this to happen’: Local kidney transplant recipient makes plans to get COVID-19 booster

A local kidney transplant recipient said he’s going to get in line for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as he can for himself, and his young family.

Two and-a-half years ago, Charlie Fink received a kidney transplant from a living donor who was a friend.

When a COVID-19 vaccine was rolled out, Fink got in line and got the Moderna shots in February and March, when AdventHealth started offering them to certain patients.

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But the light dimmed when cases started to surge again. However, good news came Friday when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with guidance saying immunocompromised people like Fink should get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to help boost immunity.

“I was kind of waiting for this to happen,” Fink said. “Now the official guidance has come out, so I’m definitely going to get a third shot.”

The CDC is recommending those being treated for cancerous tumors, cancer of the blood, transplant recipients, HIV patients and more should get the shot.

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CDC officials are recommending immunocompromised people get a third dose of the vaccine they received for the first two doses.

There isn’t enough data yet to show whether immunocompromised people who got the Johnson & Johnson shot would benefit from getting another dose.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.