TATT Chat Recap October 7th
DHEC Upstate Health Update
- Dr. Kandi Fredere, Upstate Public Health Director, SC DHEC
- Dr. Lisa Carlson, Upstate Medical Director, SC DHEC
- Do you recommend getting a J&J shot if you had one shot of the Pfizer and had an allergic reaction from it? Is mixing ok?
- This is best decided with your doctor and make an individual decision.
- Are 3rd shot boosters really necessary, and how do they improve efficacy?
- Data continues to change. Currently, a 3rd dose is for someone who received Moderna or Pfizer and they have an expectation that they would not mount a good response to the initial 2 doses due to immune deficiencies. Which shows that the 3rd vaccine helps mount a better response. The booster is for all individuals who would have had the expected initial immune response, but the immunity has started to wane, especially the 65+ crowd. CDC has expanded it to include individuals exposed frequently to potential COVID exposure.
- Can you talk about the Monoclonal Antibodies?
- Monoclonal antibodies: for a short time, there was excess supply. Effective in preventing disease and can be given subcutaneously via injection. Must have doctor’s orders. They’re available to some via medical providers.
- Does DHEC track excess deaths in South Carolina?
- They look at observed vs. expected for death rates.
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