The New Normal: What will happen if you skip the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? Doctor explains how gaining immunity works

News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by Dr. Lance Becker, the chair of Emergency Medicine at Northwell Health, to answer your questions about the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Apr 26, 2021, 4:17 PM

Updated 1,123 days ago

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The New Normal: What will happen if you skip the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? Doctor explains how gaining immunity works
News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by Dr. Lance Becker, the chair of Emergency Medicine at Northwell Health, to answer your questions about the safety of COVID-19 vaccinations.
New polls from ABC News and the Washington Post have found that fewer than half of Americans see the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine as safe. As well, it found that 73% of those not yet vaccinated said they were unwilling to accept a Johnson & Johnson shot.
Dr. Becker says he thinks it is natural for people to be concerned, but it's important to let science guide decisions about health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 8% of those who got a first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines have missed their second doses. Dr. Becker explains why getting both doses is crucial in achieving immunity.  
Hospital emergency departments saw a 25% decline in patient visits this past December and January during the pandemic, according to new figures from the CDC. Health experts attribute the decline and other changes to fears about the pandemic.
Dr. Becker says it is still very important to go to the emergency department when needed.
Are you still gaining immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine if you have no side effects? Dr. Becker says you will get good protection from the vaccines no matter how your body reacts.
Why are the COVID-19 vaccines being suggested to people who aren’t at a high risk of death from COVID-19. Dr. Becker says it is all about stopping the spread.  
If less people get the vaccine, will this affect the possibility of gaining herd immunity? Dr. Becker says COVID-19 will continue to live in communities if there is a large population of people who are unvaccinated.
Why don't regular doctors administer COVID-19 vaccines? Dr. Becker explains.


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