Big Island Coronavirus Updates

Millions Across US Skipping Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

April 26, 2021, 6:39 AM HST
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Millions of US citizens are choosing to skip the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that will impact the level and duration of their initial immunity to the illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 8% of recently vaccinated individuals skipped the second dose in April. The figure doubled the total that the organization reported in March.

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Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease official, said the tally is unsurprising, as foregoing a second shot has happened frequently with multi-dose vaccines prior to COVID-19.

Hawai´i Lieutenant Governor Josh Green said skipping second doses has not yet become a widespread issue across the state. Green added that he will encourage vaccination sites to allow for more walk-ins, which should encourage more initial vaccinations.

All individuals 16 years and older are eligible to receive vaccination in Hawai´i, and several islands are reporting open spots at scheduled vaccination clinics. For information on how to register, visit the State Department of Health’s website.

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To date, nearly 1.2 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Hawai´i. Approximately 95 million people nationwide are now fully vaccinated, while around 42% have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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