Why getting the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine is so important

Like many other vaccines, the two COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so far—the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine—require two doses. The vaccine will be given three or four weeks apart, depending on the vaccine being used.

Please make every effort to receive this second dose and attend your scheduled appointment. It’s important to fully protecting you and to help us schedule employees quickly and efficiently.

The timing of your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be coordinated by the University Employee Health Clinic. The two-week window to receive your second dose begins 21 days after the first dose for Pfizer-BioNTech and 28 days for Moderna.

Why are both doses needed?

Getting both doses maximizes your ability to receive full immunity from the vaccine. Receiving only one dose does not provide you with the full protection and does not give you the full effectiveness of the vaccine.

Will I be protected with just one dose?

Receiving one dose does provide you with some protection, though we do not know the full extent of the protection or how long it might last. Receiving only one dose is not as useful as receiving the full second dose. Given the spread of the virus and the serious health risk it poses, the second dose is strongly recommended.

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