STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Hospital workers across Mississippi are seeing patients skip their appointments for the second dose of coronavirus vaccines.
Amy Loggins works at the OCH Regional Medical Center helping administer coronavirus vaccines to patients at its weekly clinic.
However, workers noticed some patients skipping their second dose appointments.
“One shot will give you approximately 75% immunity," said Loggins, "so you do get some, but getting that second shot really gives you the boost and gives you the 95% that we want.”
Loggins said the first vaccine introduces the antibodies to your body. It's the second dose that gives immunity to the virus.
The second dose tends to have more side effects for some; however, those shots affect everyone differently.
Loggins believes the risk is worth the reward, as the side effects only last 24-36 hours, which she believes is better than getting the virus and/or having complications from it.
The medical worker said with every clinic, the hospital saw one or two people skip their second dose appointments, but getting the second shot, "It would mean a normal life," said Loggins. "I know everyone is ready to get back to not wearing masks and being able to just get out and enjoy their life again, so we encourage everyone to do what needs to be done.”
WTVA also asked Loggins about potentially using the Johnson and Johnson vaccine once again for the home bound vaccine program.
She said they are considering it because it is a great option for those patients, but aren't using it now.