Do you need both shots of a two-dose COVID vaccine?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Shaquita Bell, MD explains to be fully immunized you need BOTH shots of a two-dose COVID vaccine.

So, you know, it’s really funny when people tell me they got their first vaccine and they’re not sure about getting their second vaccine. If you had asked me six months ago, I’d say, “You know, well, the data’s pretty good at the first vaccine. Things are looking really good.” Now I’m like, “For the love of everything you value, get your second dose.” And the reason is the variants. What we have seen is that the coronavirus, the coronavirus vaccine is effective against the Delta variant and other variants only if you get both doses. So, one dose of the coronavirus vaccine is not sufficient enough to fight off the Delta variant of the coronavirus infection. So yes, get your second vaccine, it is the best way to stay completely covered and to avoid getting sick from coronavirus.

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