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CHICAGO (CBS) – Some people have a harder time battling COVID-19 than others, including those who are immunocompromised.

Marie Saavedra of CBS 2 explains that they can get a fourth vaccine starting this week.

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“We do, however, know a lot of people who have contracted COVID in the past month. “

From his home in Wheaton, Brent Flynn continues to try to stay healthy. Twenty-six years ago her brother donated a kidney to her. Since then, he has been part of the immunocompromised community.

CBS 2 first met Flynn in August, when he shared his hopes for a third dose, to give his body a better chance to fight the virus.

“Due to the compromised immune system that I have, my body may not respond to this vaccine and give me 100% protection,” Flynn said.

Fast forward to today …

“I got it,” Flynn said. “I got it in August, and it was a full dose of Moderna vaccine.”

Now Flynn and the other seven million immunocompromised American adults can get a fourth shot on the books.

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“All the protection I can get, or anyone else who is immunocompromised, is important,” he said.

In August, the CDC approved the third doses of Pfizer and Moderna for the immunocompromised, considered part of the primary immunization. Then, in October, the agency said people could receive a booster for a fourth dose of the vaccine, six months after their third dose.

Last week, with the Omicron variant raging, the CDC reduced that timeframe to five months. This means that many could get theirs as early as this week. What about a fourth stroke for the rest of us? It’s still to be expected, according to CDC director Rochelle Walensky.

“We will also be closely monitoring our own data to see how these boosters work in terms of decreasing efficacy, not only for infection, but especially for severe disease. So more to come as this data emerges, ”Walensky said.

In the meantime, Flynn’s plans for his fourth shot in February could be put forward. And he’s grateful.

“It continues to be a challenge for everyone, you know,” Flynn said.

Much of the information the CDC uses to make these decisions about immunocompromised and shortening delays between shots comes from Israel.

This country already offers fourth doses to high-risk groups and the elderly. The CDC director said they were closely monitoring this data.

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