Of course, we’re talking about the COVID-19 vaccine’s second dose
More and more individuals are becoming aware of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo courtesy of Pexels.)
The COVID-19 vaccine is becoming more widely available, and President Joe Biden has stated that he hopes to get every adult in the United States vaccinated by May 1.
It’s been a year or two, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of this pandemic’s tunnel.
A related topic keeps cropping up: How long after the second COVID dose do you become immune to the virus, or entirely protected?
We thought we’d answer that question and a few others in a blog post from Ohio State University, so we’ll do so here.
The short answer is yes It’ll take two weeks.
In other words…
“You won’t get full protection until two weeks after your second or final dosage, regardless of whatever vaccine you get. That’s roughly how long your immune system takes to mount an antibody response to the vaccine
Remember, three vaccines are currently being distributed: Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. The first two require two doses — and Johnson & Johnson is the only one that’s just a single dose.
Here’s more from Ohio State: “All vaccines work this way. Consider how long it takes your body to get rid of a cold: it takes a long time for your body to get rid of whatever is making you sick. A vaccination works by simulating your immune system and inducing a similar reaction. Your body has some work to do after the shot
“The first dosage of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination provides some protection, but not nearly as much as the combined doses will provide.
For example, the Pfizer two-dose vaccine has 95% effectiveness at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection—but studies show that the first dose is only about 52% of the time__. This is why the second dose is so critical, and why we’re so meticulous about getting you your follow-up shot scheduled
Don’t forget to take the second dose. For Pfizer, you have 21 days and for Moderna, you have 28 days.
And now you’re aware.
Graham Media Group in the year 2021
Michelle Ganley is a writer
Michelle is the Managing Editor of Graham Media Group’s Digital Content Team, which is responsible for writing for all of the company’s news websites.