IS TAKING THE SECOND DOSE OF COVID – 19 VACCINES IMPORTANT?

Celine Abuga and David Opiyo

IS TAKING THE SECOND DOSE OF COVID – 19 VACCINES IMPORTANT?

Most Kenyans have been doubting the effectiveness of Covid 19 vaccine as most of them have been arguing that if one receives two doses of the vaccine, he/she is still at risk of Covid 19 infections. However, the ministry of health through their website cited that Covid 19 vaccine is safe and effective. Through its website, the ministry of health is urging the public to ensure that they receive full Covid 19 vaccine. Some individuals have formed a habit of receiving one dose then they abscond the second dose thus putting their lives at risk.

In the meantime, the ministry is still calling upon the individuals who’ve received full dose of Covid 19 vaccine to continue adhering to the preventive measures which includes: Wearing of mask, washing hands with soaps and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer and finally maintain social distance.

According to World Health Organization, one can still carry the Covid bacteria and spread it without necessarily being infected, however if a vaccinated person gets infected with Covid 19 then it will be mild compared to that individual who has not been vaccinated.

The first dose helps your body create an immune response, while the second dose is a booster that strengthens your immunity to the virus.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses given 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine requires two doses given 28 days apart. Data from the clinical trials found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be 95% effective after two doses and the Moderna vaccine 94.1% effective, meaning they prevented people who got the vaccine from getting COVID-19.

There are many reasons you might miss your second dose. If you test positive for COVID-19 after your first dose but before your second, it is recommended that you wait until you are done with the isolation period before you get your second dose.

If you miss your second dose for any reason, get it as soon as possible. The CDC recommends the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should be administered up to six weeks after the first dose. Reach out to the site where you received your first dose to reschedule. You do not need to restart the two-dose series again.

You should still wear a mask and practice physical distancing when in public. Once you are fully vaccinated, you can take off the mask when meeting with other fully vaccinated people or those who are not vaccinated but at low risk of serious COVID-19 infection.

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