Doctors stress importance of receiving 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Doctors, including one from St. Vincent's Medical Center, are encouraging patients to get their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicating that over 5 million Americans chose not to get one.

News 12 Staff

Apr 28, 2021, 9:29 PM

Updated 1,084 days ago

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Doctors, including one from St. Vincent's Medical Center, are encouraging patients to get their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicating that over 5 million Americans chose not to get one.
Dr. Corina Marcu says in order to get to a herd immunity from coronavirus, everyone should be getting two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson.
She wants to stress that it's not until two weeks after that final dose that you're actually fully vaccinated. Marcu says unfortunately, some people have decided not to go back for their second dose.
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She says Connecticut is leading the pack with fully vaccinated people at 36%, but part of being fully vaccinated is also wearing a mask indoors.
Marcu says as long as there is COVID-19, the virus is going to mutate - even more reason why it's important to be fully vaccinated.
She says the vaccines will probably keep us safe for a year, but we may need boosters at some point.
Marcu says she hopes people 16 and younger can eventually get the vaccine - which is 22% of the state's population.


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