COVID-19 vaccines require a second shot, and the challenges residents have faced securing their initial appointments have raised questions about how confident people should be that they will receive that second dosage.
Local 10 News posed that question to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on Tuesday, and she said her county would contact the lucky seniors who have had their first shot to set up a second appointment.
In other words, you are not going to need to play the endless game of refreshing a web browser for that second shot, if you got the first one through Miami-Dade County.
“No, we are going to be personally reaching out to people who get their first shots through the county and scheduling the second,” the mayor said. “We don’t want to schedule it until we know we have the vaccine in hand.”
Asked if there’s a chance that second vaccine shot won’t happen for a patient because of supply issues, Cava said the county has been assured that they can proceed with expectations that the second dose will be available.
Just caught up with #Miami Dade @MayorDaniella & asked her to clarify how seniors receiving first #COVID19 vaccines from the county will receive their 2nd dose…
Headline – they won’t have to keep hitting “refresh”.
The rest ⏩@WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/CgYGIZZ0Kg
— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaWPLG) January 12, 2021
Cava said logistics still need to be ironed out — like whether patients will be able to choose their time for the second shot — but that “we will contact everybody that has received the first appointment to make sure they get the second vaccine.”
People are expected to get some degree of protection from the virus within two weeks of the first shot, with the second shot bringing the vaccine’s full protection. For the vaccine by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, the second shot is supposed to come three weeks after the first. For Moderna, it’s four weeks.
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