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The Challenge of COVID Vaccines for the Immunosuppressed

Data suggests that immuno-compromised who get vaccinated do not make antibodies, but it's still early days in terms of the findings

For the millions of people who take immunosuppressant drugs or have weak immune systems, the benefits of vaccination are murky. That is because the vaccines do not induce the kind of robust antibody response that helps healthy people keep the SARS-CoV-2 virus at bay. In fact, some have contracted COVID-19 following vaccination.

Because of this, some are seeking third doses that they hope will function as a booster shot. Two recent studies suggest that the third shot is helping improve antibody levels among some people with weakened immune systems but these findings a limited by the size of the study group and by how little we still know about what constitutes protection against COVID in this population. 

You can read Health Writer Maryn McKenna's complete story here.

Check out this recent blog post about why a vaccinated public is so important to transplant recipients.