A growing number of Americans are missing their scheduled second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. Whether it’s intentional or these are just oversights remains to be seen.
As most Americans know, the vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are two-dose vaccines. Currently, CDC reports are showing that currently, about 8% of Americans have missed their scheduled second dose. In March that number was 3.4%.
This is taking place as the United States is hoping to get out in front of variants that are growing in numbers and spread. The CDC has reported that 95 million people — about 28.5% of the population — have been fully vaccinated – with 2 doses of Modern or Pfizer or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. About 42.2% of the population — has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC says they expected this to take place with early vaccinations taking place with first responders and at the workplace. That means dose number two is likely to be the individual’s responsibility, which might be adding to the no-show second does numbers.
For those who need their second dose, look to your first dose vaccination card, and then base the second shot by that date. Or if you are looking for a single dose shot, Johnson and Johnson’s back in play.
There are many ways to get vaccinated if you are choosing to do so, just go to Osceola.org and look for COVID-19 Vaccination information.