COVID-19: Regulators urge consumers to get both doses of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for best protection

*Healthcare experts recommend it is important to get the second planned shots of both COVID-19 vaccines to provide more safeguard, as  Dr. Anthony Fauci says relying only on the first shot provides ‘tenuous’ protection

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Experts have said that many of the COVID-19 variants circulating around the world may not be completely neutralized by only a shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the results of a study, suggesting that only one dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines confers 80 percent immunity against COVID-19.

While the findings should give consumers confidence in the efficacy of those treatments, healthcare officials yet recommend that it is important to get the second planned shot to provide more protection.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, American foremost scientist and infectious disease expert, in a recent White House press briefing said relying solely on the first shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may not provide the level of protection some people think, agency report said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Fauci stated: “We have been concerned, and still are, that when you look at the level of protection after one dose, you can say it’s 80 percent, but it is somewhat of a tenuous 80 percent.”

He explained that many of the COVID-19 variants circulating around the world may not be completely neutralised by only one shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The expert, therefore, advised consumers to continue following the advice of public health officials when it comes to vaccination guidelines.

“Given the number of vaccines we’re able to give every day, literally every day that goes by we get closer and closer to where we want to be.

“And for that reason, although we always continue to keep an open mind, we consider the route that we’re on now is the best route,” Fauci said.

Meanwhile, report has said that as millions of Americans get vaccinated, the number of new COVID-19 cases has continued to rise, although the infection rate is higher in some states than in others.

The seven-day average of new cases this week is sharply higher than the 14-day average, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal. That suggests new cases are increasing.

Some health experts believe most of the new cases involve young people who have not yet been vaccinated.

They point to the recent death toll, which has been going down. The U.S. reported 603 COVID-19 fatalities for Monday, April 5, 2021, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project at Johns Hopkins University.

A more contagious variant of the Coronavirus, first identified in the United Kingdom (UK), has now been confirmed in all 50 states in the US, according to government health data.

Health experts suspect the variants may be responsible for the recent uptick in cases.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, US, worries that people who have not yet been vaccinated are taking too many risks in the country.

Osterholm told CNN that “America appears to be done with the pandemic,” but “the virus is not done with us.”

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