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Officials growing worried as more skip their second Pfizer, Moderna shots

While officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci said the U.S. was reaching a turning point in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic- there’s some big reason for concern.

It’s connected to vaccine hesitancy- and began when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was put on pause a couple weeks ago.

Millions of people across the U.S. have not been getting their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

“We’re definitely seeing it. Not lots and lots of missed second appointments but some,” Dr. Nancy Bennett, who leads the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub told News10NBC.


In total across the U.S. it’s about 8% of people- who are not returning for their second shot.

“We strongly encourage everyone to get their second dose,” Bennett added. “We know that this vaccine is very effective after one dose but we do not know how long that will last.”

There could be a lot of reasons for it- but Bennett says it boils down to one or two big ones.

“I think one: There have been more rumors of side effects from the second dose. I think another reason is that people have been traveling, and out and about more, and more things have been interfering with them getting to the second appointment,” she explained.

At the end of the day, health officials are asking that if a person has an issue or question about their second shot- after receiving the first dose to call them. Those who receive one dose, but not the second, will also not be given clearance into events that require vaccination later this year.



 

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