Medical experts worry about those who chose not to receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine – .

Medical experts worry about those who chose not to receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine – .

The new Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus (formerly known as the B.1.617.2 variant) has spread throughout the United States, with cases appearing in most states, including Arizona, and the virus itself is not the only concern.

CDC data: Many chose not to receive 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine

According to CDC data, millions of people who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine chose not to receive the second dose.

Health officials say these statistics are concerning, especially given the more contagious Delta variant.

“It’s both more contagious, so it spreads faster, and it can also cause more serious illness,” said Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director of disease control in the Maricopa County health department.

Current vaccines are less effective against this particular strain, which is why Dr Sunenshine says that it is now more important than ever to get both doses of the vaccine.

“We want to make sure we don’t have symptoms, even if it’s not a serious illness, you can still pass it on to other people and they can get serious illness and be hospitalized.” said Dr Sunenshine.

Dr Sunenshine said that one dose of the vaccine is only 30% effective against this new strain, while two doses are 80 to 90% effective.

“Maybe work gets in the way. It’s embarrassing, but now we know that especially for the Delta strain and in general getting the second dose is absolutely essential to protect against disease, ”Dr Sunenshine said.

Millions of people are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Arizona

According to figures from the Arizona Department of Health Services, more than three million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the state, or nearly 50% of the population.

Currently, the Delta variant only accounts for 2% of reported cases, but Dr Sunenshine says that since it is highly contagious, the key to preventing its spread is to get the vaccine now.

Dr Sunenshine says people can still receive the second dose of the vaccine, even if they missed the recommended window for both doses.

“It is not too late to receive your second dose, even if it has been well over three or four weeks,” said Dr Sunenshine. “Depending on the vaccine you received, that second dose will still be very effective. “

After a person receives this second dose of the vaccine, it takes two weeks for that person to be considered fully immunized.

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