Immunocompromised: Booster shots

Immunocompromised: Booster shots

What should I do if I have a chronic disease and experience serious side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?
Serious side effects are very rare. Contact your healthcare provider if: the pain where you got the jab gets worse and not better after a day other side ...
Why must I have an additional dose of the vaccine if I’m immunocompromised?
If you have a weakened immune system or because of underlying conditions, your risk of severe COVID-19 illness and hospitalisation is higher. It also means ...
What is my vaccination schedule if I’m immunocompromised?
Persons 18 years and older will be eligible to receive an additional booster dose providing that a period of at least 180 days has elapsed since they receiv...
Can I receive the COVID-19 booster if I have diabetes?
Yes, they are safe for anyone with diabetes – even if you are taking medication for your diabetes, or are taking insulin.    Diabetes weakens your immune ...
Is it safe to have a COVID-19 booster if I have tuberculosis (TB)?
Yes, COVID-19 boosters are safe for people living with TB, and are extra important for maximum protection. TB weakens your immune system and often affects y...
Can I receive the COVID-19 booster if I am HIV-positive?
Yes, the COVID-19 boosters are safe if you are living with HIV, whether you are on medication or not. The COVID-19 booster will improve your immune system’s...
Can I receive the COVID-19 booster if I have chronic lung disease or asthma?
Yes, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe for people living with chronic lung disease and/or asthma.   Many people in South Africa have damaged lungs b...
Should I get my booster shots if I have arthritis? Is it safe?
COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people living with arthritis. Some types of arthritis are caused by the immune system becoming overactive and attacking healt...
If I have high blood pressure, can I take the COVID-19 booster?
Yes, you can! The COVID-19 vaccines are safe if you have high blood pressure – whether you are taking medication for it or not.    High blood pressure inc...
Can I take a booster shot if I have heart disease?
Yes – the vaccines and boosters are safe for people who have heart disease.    People with existing heart disease have a higher risk of severe illness and...