At least 61,773 Iowans have skipped, missed or delayed getting their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to IDPH data Axios obtained this week through a records request.
Why it matters: Those who are not fully vaccinated are not fully protected, and that means it's more difficult for our communities to reach herd immunity.
- Worth noting: Of those who are tardy for their second dose, 23,104 were a week or less overdue.
- Data is limited on the vaccines' effectiveness when second doses are administered beyond the recommended timeframe. For Pfizer, that's 21 days; for Moderna, 28.
- But a second dose may be given up to six weeks after the first if necessary, according to the CDC.
- Nationally, at least 5 million people missed their second doses. Side effect fears rank among the top reasons.
The state of play: The Johnson & Johnson pause was lifted a week ago and vaccine supplies have caught up with demand.
- For example, Hy-Vee this week opened walk-in vaccinations at its pharmacies.
- Widespread availability and convenience of the one-dose J&J will help boost our fully-vaccinated population, Sarah Ekstrand, a spokesperson for the IDPH, told Axios.
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