Eligibility for the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

by 22q Administrator

Our Clinic strongly encourages everyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with both doses of the highly effective vaccinations that prevent serious disease and death from this virus, including the delta variant. This is especially important for people with 22q who are a known vulnerable population. And for anyone who is in contact with people with 22q.

For individuals with anxiety or needle phobia, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto offers a vaccination clinic that can accommodate their needs on specific days.

A third dose is now available to individuals who meet certain criteria, including “Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)”. “DiGeorge syndrome” is an older name for 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q). Those who are eligible should receive their third dose 8 weeks after the second dose.

Before you go for the appointment for your third dose, please obtain a referral form or letter from your healthcare provider.

Please note that if you are getting other vaccinations, the COVID-19 vaccine (whether it is your first, second, or third dose) should be obtained 28 days (4 weeks) before, or 14 days after, other vaccines, including the flu vaccine that will be available the end of October. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.