MONROE — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved booster shots for some immunocompromised individuals. The recommendation is for immunocompromised individuals who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to get a third dose of the same vaccine.

No booster is recommended for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time.

The vaccines are available to everyone 12 and older, according to N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Those currently eligible for a third dose can find a provider through or schedule with Union County Public Health. The general public will be able to receive a third dose at a later date.

DHHS can help arrange to have a provider give the vaccine to homebound residents, and can also help set up a ride for those who need transportation to go get the shot.

According to “Union County Public Health encourages every eligible individual to get the free COVID-19 vaccine. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic.” But the website also states: “Union County Public Health cannot make recommendations on whether an individual should receive the COVID-19 vaccines based on medical condition(s). Please consult with your primary care doctor on whether you should receive the COVID-19 vaccines.”

Everyone who gets a tested, safe and effective vaccine is protected against hospitalization and death, according to — and they are entered into a $1 million summer cash drawing; there are also $100 prepaid MasterCard gifts being given through Aug. 31 to anyone 18 and up who gets their first dose at a participating location. There’s also a $25 gift card available for anyone who drives a friend or family member to get their first shot of the vaccine.

For the list of participating locations, go to