At the time, government rules didn't allow for third shots, even for immune-compromised people like her who failed to develop antibodies after two doses.
Many of them didn't want to talk publicly last year for fear of being shamed, or even criminally prosecuted, but immune-compromised people tell CNN they lied -- or were prepared to lie, or at the very least misled -- pharmacists and other healthcare providers to get unauthorized doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
The immune-compromised patients say they are allowing CNN to use their names because they want to tell their stories without shame, and want to hold the government accountable for, in their view, taking an inordinately long time to grant official approval for extra doses after studies had shown such doses were safe and possibly helpful to immune-compromised people.
It wasn't until August 12 that the FDA amended its emergency use authorizations for Pfizer and Moderna to include a third dose for certain immune-compromised people.
'I'm a rule follower'
About 7 million American adults have moderately to severely compromised immune systems, either because they have certain diseases or take certain drugs or both, according to the CDC
When the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines rolled out in December 2020, no one knew if immune-compromised people would benefit from them.