‘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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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.