‘COVID isn’t waiting for the one shot’

‘COVID isn’t waiting for the one shot’

With the news that federal regulators could authorize a third COVID-19 vaccine soon, you might be wondering which one to get when it eventually your turn to get a shot.

Experts say the answer is simple: Whichever one is available to you.

Dr. Jacqueline Ivey-Brown, an internal medicine physician based in Oak Lawn, says some of her patients have said they’re waiting to get vaccinated until the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available. The already-approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines each take two shots.

Dr. Ivey-Brown is encouraging people not to wait.

“COVID isn’t waiting for the one shot,” she said during a Facebook Live discussion this week. “So as soon as you have the ability to get vaccinated, get vaccinated.”

Executive Medical Director of Infectious Disease and Prevention Dr. Robert Citronberg agreed.

“Totally agree, take the first vaccine that’s available to you,” he said.

Finding a vaccine dose might be difficult right now, as hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and counties wait for more supply to be available. Experts are urging patience, expecting supply to pick up soon and doses to become more available. Already, more people have received at least one dose of vaccine than have tested positive for COVID-19, and statistics on new cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped.

“We just want people to be patient. You will get your vaccine,” Dr. Citronberg said.

The experts made these comments during a Facebook Live event, when they answered viewer questions about vaccines, COVID-19, masks and other issues. You can watch the discussion on Facebook, or the full video is available below.

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  1. I don’t understand why the city/state is opening up to the next level for shots. I’m 69 and have not been given a time for the vaccine. What is going on with the city/state guidelines that they are opening up for others when there isn’t enough for those that are now eligible.

  2. Bonnie Shields March 1, 2021 at 3:16 pm · Reply

    I’m 70 yes old, signed up for my vaccine shot and never received a call. I want to know why.

  3. Hello,
    My wife is possibly immunocompromised from a previous treatment. Feel the one shot would be safer then two. How can we get only the one shot?

    Thank You

  4. Margaret E Kennedy Knox March 3, 2021 at 3:17 pm · Reply

    Had a recent reaction to an antibiotic to florazapan ? and ended up in ER because of bottomed Blood sugar. Have other allergies and others assume unknown. Have sent own DR two requests for advice with no response. Advice please! Have heard no discussion about pts with allergies and unsure of decision to make. 79 yrs and diabetic and retired RN and I don’t know the decision t o make.

  5. Kathleen Butke March 3, 2021 at 9:36 pm · Reply

    How will I be notified? Also, I have AFIB. Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?

  6. Kathleen Butke March 3, 2021 at 9:39 pm · Reply

    How will I be notified? Also, I have AFIB. Is it safe for me to get the vaccine? Hopefully someone will answer this.

  7. Hi, I’m going 69 , an advocate pt and have had an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings,sulfa and a full blown severe reaction to a tetanus vaccine & wanted to avoid the covid 19 vaccines that contain MRNA because of my allergies but am agreeable to j&j so is it possible to get that one & do you suggest that I receive my vaccine in a medical setting ?

  8. Garner Davidson March 4, 2021 at 7:59 pm · Reply

    I am 70 years old cannot get a shot, and my 20 something coworker and his girlfriend have had 2 shots each.

  9. I’m 63 years old and have cancer and other immune complications, when I’m I going to get called for covid vaccine.

  10. joan brueggemann March 8, 2021 at 1:06 pm · Reply

    Just wondering why Cook County seems to be getting less of the vaccines..thanks..joan

  11. Mary Brensinger March 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm · Reply

    I have AFIB and diabetes. I would like to wait til the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available. How do I get on a list for that one?

  12. It’s anyone answering these messages?

  13. When will the Johnson and Johnson one shot be available in my area I live in Cudahy Wisconsin

  14. Helconida Thompson March 14, 2021 at 9:10 am · Reply

    I am 67 years old . Advocate has not sent me a send a code for sign up . My husband is 65 and he got his first dose already. Trying to get in at the Church and Potter site in Des Plaines IL. Thank You Helcondia

  15. Rosie M Stallings March 19, 2021 at 12:26 pm · Reply

    I am 67 and has kidney d. I have a vaccine code on the wait list but can’t use it at my doctors office to make arrangement to get vaccine, everywhere that I see. Vaccines are not available.

  16. Can only receive the Johnson and Johnson Covid 19 vaccine. I’ve heard of companies that have had the Johnson and Johnson one several weeks ago and it was given to all their employees and their families, many of them were in their 30’s and no medical conditions. All the vaccination sites have no information about the Johnson and Johnson one and the Lake County Health Department is of no assistance. I’ve called there and spoke to someone and so did a friend of mine and they were rude.

  17. GERALD FROELICH March 25, 2021 at 6:51 pm · Reply

    When will the Johnson and Johnson shot be available at Aurora in Green Bay?

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Mike Riopell
Mike Riopell

Mike Riopell, health enews contributor, is a media relations coordinator with Advocate Aurora Health. He previously worked as a reporter and editor covering politics and government for the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and Bloomington Pantagraph, among others. He enjoys bicycles, home repair, flannel shirts and being outside.