Third Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine for selected individuals, including specific groups of Persons Living with HIV (PLWH) now available in British Columbia
The Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Officer announced earlier this month the imminent availability of third doses of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised persons, including some PLWH. For more information on the Government of BC’s vaccination advice, please click here.
In brief, a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now available for PLWH with a Prior AIDS defining illness or Prior CD4 count ≤ 200/mm3 or Prior CD4 fraction ≤ 15% or any detectable plasma viral load since January 2021 or 65 years old or older or perinatally acquired HIV infection.
The BC-CfE has made health practitioners aware of these recommendations and highlighted for each one of them who among their patients are eligible based on the information available within our records. BC-CfE is therefore encouraging potentially eligible individuals (based on the above criteria) to discuss this matter with their healthcare practitioner, who upon confirming eligibility should furnish each individual patient with a signed attestation form confirming their eligibility for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is needed to book the appointment to receive the third dose of the vaccine. Please note that mRNA vaccines are currently offered in this context in BC.
Finally, please consider that individuals living with HIV may also qualify for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine based on other factors, including (but not limited to) concomitant medications and co-morbidities, information which is not available to the BC-CfE. Therefore, all individuals living with HIV are encouraged to discuss this matter further with their health care providers, at their next follow up visit.