What Happens When You Miss Your Second Vaccine Dose?

From being worried about the side effects to just life getting in the way, more people are missing out on that second shot and unless they quickly reschedule, the clock will run out at their chance at immunity.

Posted: Apr 5, 2021 8:58 PM

25-year-old Ellis O’Reilly of Evansville, just got their first Pfizer shot on Monday, April 5th.

And while the Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot, both Moderna and Pfizer require two.

But with a few weeks of waiting time in between, and some people experiencing side effects from the first dose, more are bailing on the second.

So how do some of our communities stack up when it comes to people getting the vaccines?

Nationally, Indiana is one of the best and Kentucky is one of the worst states for return appointments.

"I'm hearing a lot of people saying that they, 'Have fatigue afterwards',” said Dr. Gina Huhnke, emergency medical specialist at Deaconess Health System. “But that is one days worth of symptoms versus -- two/ three weeks of symptoms if you actually get Coronavirus."

Doctors say even if you miss the second dose, as long as it’s within six weeks of the first, it should still be effective.

"Studies don't go out any longer than that right now," Dr. Huhnke said. "But even if you don't get that second dose quite on time -- it's still a good idea for you to get it."

As for O’Reilly, they are going to do everything possible to make it to their second appointment.

"I'm hoping if I do end up scheduled for work, I'll be able to work something out where I can reschedule my vaccine or get someone to cover my shift,” they said. “Because I would not like to miss it.”

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