According to the most current figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost five million individuals, or nearly 8% of those who received a first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, have skipped their second doses. This is more than twice the average of those who received vaccinations within the first few weeks of the national vaccination program.
Second Shot Of Covid-19 Antibodies Are Being Skipped By Millions Of People
And as the nation grapples with the issue of millions of people who are hesitant to get vaccinated at all, municipal health officials are facing a new challenge: ensuring that those that do get vaccinated do so completely.
People skip their second shots for a variety of reasons. Few people have expressed concern, in interviews, about the side effects of the vaccine. Others said that a single shot provided them with enough protection.
Such perceptions were expected, but another stumbling block has emerged. Several vaccine suppliers have canceled second-dose appointments due to a shortage of supplies or a lack of the correct brand in store.
Public health officials were concerned from the start that getting everyone to return for a second shot 3-4 weeks after the initial dose would be challenging. It’s no wonder that as vaccines become more widely available, the percentage of people who miss their second dose has increased.
However, some state leaders are concerned about the trend and are working to prevent the number of citizens who are only partially vaccinated from increasing.
Health officials in Arkansas and Illinois have ordered teams to contact residents by phone, email, or letter to remind them to get their second vaccinations. Officials in Pennsylvania are working to ensure that college students who leave campus for the summer will get their second shots at sites closer to their residence. Thousands of doses have been set aside in South Carolina for individuals who are overdue for their second injection.
People who miss their second dose are in danger, according to mounting data from trials and real-world vaccination programmes. A single shot causes a slower immune response than the two-dose regimen, making recipients more vulnerable to deadly virus variants. And if a single dose offers partial protection against Covid-19, the duration of such protection is unknown.
Since there is only one vaccine that can be administered as a single dose in the United States, the stakes are high. The use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was halted this month after it was attributed to a very unlikely but dangerous blood clotting side effect. Federal health authorities proposed resuming use of the vaccine on Friday, but the safety scare and continued supply issues are likely to make it a feasible choice for fewer people.
The CDC is tracking missing second doses through April 9. It only applies to people who received their first Moderna vaccine by March 7 or Pfizer dose by March 14.
Although millions have missed their second jabs, overall vaccination rates are high by historical standards, with 92% of people getting completely vaccinated. About three-quarters of adults return for a second dose.
Problems with shipments or timing could be contributing to patients skipping their second doses in some cases. Since they did not receive scheduled vaccine deliveries, certain vaccine suppliers had to postpone appointments. People have also mentioned getting their second-dose appointments canceled or turning up only to be told that the brand they wanted was out of stock.
Few people are adaptable when it comes to being rebooked. However, this is more difficult for those who do not have adequate transportation or who work in occupations with tight schedules.