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Posted on: August 25, 2021

August 24th, 2021 COVID-19 Update

August 24, 2021

Data

·        We are seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Hingham.  

·        The most recent DPH data published on August 19th indicates a total of 36 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hingham in the two weeks prior.  As a comparison, there were 5 total cases reported in the month of June.

·        As of last week, over 70% of Hingham residents are fully vaccinated (compared to approximately 66% statewide).  

·        If you look at only vaccine-eligible individuals in town (people age 12+), the percent of fully vaccinated eligible residents rises to 83%. 

·        The Hingham Health Department is once again publishing dashboards on the Town website with information on local cases and vaccination rates.

 

Additional Vaccine Doses

  • On August 13, 2021, the CDC recommended a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain individuals who have moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. 

 

  • These conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

o   Active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood

o   Organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

o   Stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system

o   Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)

o   Advanced or untreated HIV infection

o   Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

If you believe you meet the criteria for moderate to severe immune compromise, please contact your primary health care provider or call the State’s In-Home Vaccination Central Intake Line at (833) 983-0485 between the hours of 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

There is currently no recommendation for immune compromised individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to receive an additional dose.

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