The Second Shot: Covid Vaccine

We are so proud that you got your first shot for the Covid vaccine. But, the second one is just as important. So, don’t skip out! Make sure you schedule your second shot for your Covid vaccine at the same location you received your first. In most instances, they should schedule your second dose at the time you receive your first.

Why is the second shot important?

The short answer: more protection! Both COVID-19 mRNA vaccines will need 2 shots to get the most protection. The timing between your first and second shot depends on which vaccine you received. You should get your second shot:

  • for the Pfizer-BioNTech- 3 weeks (or 21 days) after your first shot,
  • for the Moderna- 1 month (or 28 days) after your first shot.

You should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. However, there is no maximum interval between the first and second doses for either vaccine. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval. ​

Helpful reminders:

  • Side effects may feel like flu and even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
  • With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need 2 shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.
  • If you have concerns about your side effects or if they get worse, contact your doctor to discuss. OneSource Healthcare primary care team is here to help. Make an appointment today.

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.​

Source: Centers of Disease Control

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