MD Anderson statement regarding third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised patients

A multidisciplinary group of oncology and infectious disease experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have reviewed all available data from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the administration of a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines for people with weakened immune systems. These experts affirm evidence suggesting that these individuals, including cancer patients, may benefit from receiving an additional dose of the same vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and recommended for cancer patients.

MD Anderson’s vaccine clinics started administering third dose COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, Aug. 21, for eligible patients and employees. This includes individuals 12 years and older who received the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series and have conditions or recent treatments that weaken the immune system, such as:

  • Active or recent cancer treatment
  • Organ transplant or stem cell transplant
  • History of primary immunodeficiency or advanced/untreated infection
  • Individuals on active immunosuppressive therapies
  • Other conditions as directed by the treating physician

Eligible MD Anderson patients may schedule third-dose appointments through their MyChart portal. If previous vaccine was not received at MD Anderson, patients must bring proof of vaccination series completed at least 28 days prior and attest to meeting criteria for immunocompromised conditions. If undergoing active treatment, patients are encouraged to seek the advice of their MD Anderson oncologist regarding optimal timing of the third dose. It is important that these individuals also continue practicing COVID-19 safety precautions, such as mask wearing and social distancing.

MD Anderson also encourages those who have not previously been vaccinated to do so as quickly as possible. MD Anderson is committed to providing COVID-19 vaccinations to the communities we serve. Interested individuals can schedule vaccine appointments here.