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Dobbs encouraging Evusheld for those with weakened immune systems

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State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is encouraging people with weakened immune systems due to cancer treatment or organ transplant to talk to their doctor about Evusheld.

Evusheld puts COVID-fighting proteins directly into the body through two separate consecutive intramuscular injections.

“Vaccines have proven to be the best defense available against COVID-19. However, there are certain immune-compromised individuals who may not mount an adequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccination, or those who have a history of severe adverse reactions to a COVID-19 vaccine and therefore cannot receive one and need an alternative prevention option,” Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said when Evusheld was authorized in early December.

According to Dobbs, Mississippi has over 2,000 unused doses, which provide six months of COVID-19 prevention.

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