Barb and I had our first COVID vaccine (Moderna) on January 6 (her birthday). The clinic scheduled our follow-up (2nd or booster) shot for February 2. “But that’s less than the recommended four weeks, isn’t it,” I asked the doctor. His answer agreed with the recommendation from the CDC.
- First of all: It’s critical to get the 2nd shot!
At best, you only get about 52% protection from the first shot but 94% to 95% after the second.
- Timing for the 2nd Shot.
It is recommended to get the 2nd shot ABOUT 21 days later for Pfizer and 28 days later for Moderna’s second doses.
However, it’s A-OK to get it up to 4 days early.
You should still get your 2nd shot if you miss the recommended date, although you’ll have less protection during that time.
If you get the first shot, use v-safe to set a reminder on a smartphone for when to get the second shot, as well as to reports side effects.
- Be prepared for side effects, especially after the 2nd shot
Injection site pain (typical for any vaccine) and flu-like symptoms are the most common side effects for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. These side effects are typically short-lived and not severe.
- The vaccine takes about 7 days to work after the 2nd shot
Don’t assume you’re protected from COVID-19 immediately after receiving the second shot, and certainly not during the 21 to 28 days between the first and second shot.
- Even after being fully vaccinated, for now, continue to follow guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks.
This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2021. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.