The COVID Data Tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that over 10.5 million people living in the US have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Fears about the side effects of a second shot of the vaccine are growing, and the former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb reveals that only 120 million people from across the US want to get vaccinated for the pandemic disease.
Daily Mail now writes that 45,056 people from Florida are overdue for their second dose of the COVID vaccine, from a total of 1.03 million residents who got at least their first shot.
The Department of Health from Florida is still silent
Florida’s Department of Health didn’t answer questions about reasons why people didn’t get their second jab. As the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is stronger than the first one, health experts reveal that some might be worried about the possible side effects like fever, chills, and headaches.
Dr. Jason Salemi, who is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, declared:
Right now, I’m not concerned, but if that number continues to grow…or the reasons for missing the second dose are concerning (e.g., no doses available, people unable to make it to their appointments in a timely manner), then I’d be brainstorming effective solutions.
Seminole County EMS Medical Director Todd Husty also had something important to say for WESH 2:
I heard there are some seniors balking at getting the second shot because they’ve heard that the side effects are worse with the second shot.
However, Husty may not be too far from the truth. Clinical trial data have shown that many volunteers who got the second vaccine dose had to deal with worse side effects such as fatigue, fever, headache, chills, and shortness of breath.