Planning for your second Covid-19 shot is important.
Infectious disease experts across the world have urged people to get their second dose, as most of them are opting out of the second shot.
With almost a third of the U.S. population now fully inoculated, a worrying trend is being seen, as per those experts.
Some people are opting to take the first of the two-shot series required with a handful of available vaccines, but are reluctant to get their second jab, or have missed it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that about 8% of people who have received a first shot of the vaccines have missed their second shot.
Officials are closely monitoring the situation and suggesting why it’s important to get both shots of Covid-19 vaccines.
They say that, in addition to building herd immunity, the second dose improves the defense from serious COVID-19 disease and complications.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert, suggests that many people have the fallacy that they are totally protected, with one of the two jabs, but they aren’t, adding that some may lose their prevention capacity sooner, and they won’t know it.
The efficacy of a second shot
Another expert in vaccine research, Dr. John Zaia, says that the trend of skipping second doses is quite worrying.
He goes on to suggest that the virus and its variants seeks out hosts, which means that with more people inoculated, the virus may target those who aren’t fully vaccinated.
Zaiai also says that he hopes that everyone will take both doses since strong variants are constantly emerging, adding that death from the coronavirus is almost completely preventable with two shots.
The specialist also highlights a study by a team at Houston Methodist Hospital that drilled down on the chances of both developing the coronavirus or dying from it for the wholly and partially inoculated.
In the research, which is yet to be peer reviewed, less than 1pc of those who had taken both jabs were hospitalized. That number rose to over 3pc for those who chose just one of the two jabs.
Moreover, the research revealed that the two-shot total dose is 98% effective at avoiding death from Covid-19, while opting to stop at one shot drops that down to 64%.
So, why are people skipping a second dose?
Another health expert, Dr Mather D’Souza, highlights things like believing one jab protects them adequately, fearing sickness from the second jab, worry, and problems scheduling, etc.
“It’s not too late”
Doctors say that if you received your first jab and didn’t get a second for any reason, you can still do that; it’s not too late yet.
Medical experts suggest a person’s best plan is to get both within the time frame or as close to it as they can. They warn if you have administered the first jab, skipping the second one would be a mistake that you can’t afford in this age of the pandemic that has upended lives and ruined economies.