CM – San Antonio woman with rare coagulation disorder awaiting approval of COVID-19 immunodeficiency boosters


SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: The above video was broadcast prior to the FDA-approved boosters for people with compromised immune systems. For more information, click here.

People with compromised immune systems could get a Covid-19 booster soon after the US Food and Drug Administration approved it on Thursday evening.

Angela Michelle is already healthy Very protected from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but since the onset of the novel coronavirus, she has been staying home to stay alive.

« I have a coagulation disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome, and that is what caused the stroke, I had in 2016, « she said.

The stroke caused her to lose sight in her right eye and resulted in multiple pulmonary embolisms, which led to a rare form of pulmonary hypertension.

 » I was supposed to have my balloon angioplasty on my lungs last May 2020 and that has been delayed and postponed due to COVID-19. So now I’m waiting 16 months, I think, « said Michelle.

Her doctors haven’t told her if she should get the COVID-19 booster, but she hopes she can because she is in a have to fly to her surgery for a few months.

« I’m thrilled. I would like to get this booster because I’m concerned. I even built up enough immunity with the first two shots and then the second. When I did said Michelle.

Dr. Kevin Kempf of Rheumatology Associates of South Texas says the booster would only apply to about 3% of the immunocompromised US population.

« We’re talking about a group of organ transplant patients who are undergoing cancer treatment, or in my facility they are patients with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or vasculitis, ”he said. that you are taking, and with your Talk to your doctor about how these drugs may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines if you consider a booster.

« If you go back and give a third dose, you’ll get a better response. You seem to be amplifying this response and you will see detectable levels of antibodies, which means we hope they are better protected than they are now, « said Kempf.

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