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Nevadans following through with second shots, according to CDC

By: - March 17, 2021 12:13 pm
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Nevada is doing slightly better than the national average. Overall, 88 percent of people in the U.S who got their first dose of the vaccine also got their second dose within the recommended window. (Photo courtesy Truman Medical Centers/University Health)

More than nine in ten Nevadans who got their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine followed through on the second within the recommended time period, a new report by the CDC shows.

Among Nevadans who got the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, about 92 percent got the second dose, according to the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Three percent of Nevadans who got the first dose did not get the second dose within the prescribed waiting period 21 days after the first Pfizer shot and 28 days after the first Moderna shot.

About six percent of people in the state who got the first shot but hadn’t gotten the second were still within the prescribed time frame.

The CDC recommends that the second dose of the COVID vaccine should be administered as close to the recommended waiting period as possible, but not earlier. However, if a delay in vaccination is unavoidable, the second shot can be administered up to six weeks after the first dose.

There is limited data on how well the vaccines work outside the recommended time frames, the CDC said.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is being offered at several vaccination sites in Nevada, only requires one dose.

Nevada is doing slightly better than the national average. Overall, 88 percent of people in the U.S who got their first dose of the vaccine also got their second dose within the recommended window.

The high rates of vaccine compliance in early months are reassuring, wrote the CDC in the report, but warned that as “priority groups broaden, adherence to the recommended dosing interval might decrease.”

The CDC analysis was conducted among 12.5 million people — including 95,000 Nevadans who got their first shot between Dec. 14 and Feb. 14 and are now within the time frame to have missed their second dose. 

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Jeniffer Solis
Jeniffer Solis

Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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