According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than five million people missed a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in early April.
This includes some people in the Charlotte area, according to the Novant Health Hospital system in North Carolina.
This is not a good trend, say local health experts, stressing that potential people get both Pfizer and Moderna staff.
“While it is good to have one dose of the vaccine, I want to emphasize the need to get your second dose to ensure that you are fully protected so that we can reach that threshold of immunity to the herd,” said Dr. David Kahana, an infectious disease specialist at Novant Health. he said.
People are considered fully vaccinated either two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna և son onson և two weeks after a single injection of the ons John onson vaccine, according to the CDC.
Therefore, people may receive a second dose for maximum protection against coronavirus, ”said the priest.
Novant Health has seen that some people give up their second dose, but the number of those who miss that dose is still quite low, said Kahana.
Some people may be concerned about the side effects of the second dose, which may be more noticeable than the first dose, the priest said. But side effects, including fatigue, headache or fever, do not always occur, and if they do, they are usually mild and last only a short time, he said.
Charlotte’s largest hospital system, Atrium Health, sees a “fairly sustained absorption” of a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr. Katie Passaretti, an infectious disease specialist.
The first dose provides a certain level of protection, he said. “But the second dose is really what gives you a higher level of protection,” he said.
“I would just strongly encourage people to come and shoot that shot so we don’t see our (COVID-19) numbers start to slip.”
Concerns about people not skipping a second dose are due to the fact that local health professionals are concerned that vaccine ambiguity may generally lead to slower vaccination rates in North Carolina.
The Mecklenburg Territory still lags behind the state’s overall vaccination rate.
In Mecklenburg, 36.3% of the county is at least partially vaccinated, and 23.8% of the population is fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, according to the State Department of Health and Human Services.
Across the country, 38.4% of NC residents are at least partially vaccinated, and 30.5% of residents are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.
Although local health officials do not have exact figures on how many people give up their second dose of the vaccine, the CDC said on Monday that about 8% of the population could not report for a second dose.
Son onson և son onson One-dose vaccines were phased out shortly after evidence of a rare blood clot appeared in a handful of people, but the use of the vaccine resumed on Friday.