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Your Covid vaccination — to be or not to be

Everything about the Covid-19 vaccine distribution has been in a state of chaos since it began. Uneven, uncertain distribution to a wide assortment of destinations. Some getting more than they requested, some getting less, some not having adequate deep freeze capability for proper storage. On top of that, there’s been chaos in many places as states try to administer the vaccine to as many people as possible.

I’ve no doubt health care workers are doing their very best, but the CDC, the federal government, and state governments keep moving the goal lines. Prioritization plans keep changing — in Colorado, at the rate the governor is going, we’ll soon have everyone moved up into the first priority group, making moot the entire prioritization plan.

I was lucky enough to get my first Moderna vaccination Saturday because of a lottery system put in place by UCHealth for those patients over 70. My second vaccination was scheduled at the same time.

I breathed a lot easier for several days … until the government decided to urge states to stop reserving those second shots for everyone (like me) and start giving the first shots to as many people as possible. Urgency in getting more people vaccinated faster was the primary reason given, and it was backed up by the assertion that vaccine production has been ramped up to such a level that there’s no need to worry about getting second vaccinations done.

I disagree. Vehemently. My second shot is up in Longmont in a fridge waiting for my return in three weeks. I don’t want to worry about it being given to someone else and whether, if it is, there will be more vaccine to replace it by the time I show up for my second shot. I have little confidence that the whole vaccination fiasco will be history by then. What’s more, the labs that make the vaccine have studied and reported that 2 shots are needed, either 3 weeks apart for Pfizer or four for Moderna. There have been no studies about the efficacy of only one vaccination, and none about what happens if the second shot isn’t received on schedule.

The government has had 10 months to perfect a distribution plan, priorities, second shots, and all. Ten months for the manufacturers, the federal government, the CDC, the state governments, and the local medical offices to get on the same page. I’m not at all confident that they have accomplished that, and my joy at getting my first shot has faded into anxiety about getting my second one. I read somewhere, I think, that our governor has said he’s not going to release those reserved second shots, and I think that’s the only safe way to proceed. Crossing my fingers.


  1. Same here, all the fuss about getting your first jab of Pfizer then 21 days for the next one, because the second Pfizer vaccine jab hasn’t been tested for efficacy beyond 21 days. Now the Government has moved that to three months between. Also now the Oxford vaccine is out the Government has said you are not guaranteed getting the same vaccine in the two jabs. So a lot have had the Pfizer vaccine but could get an Oxford vaccine for the second jab. Something manufacturers said was a bad idea and Pfizer say they cannot guarantee efficacy if the second jab is given longer than 21 days apart.

    • It’s really worrisome. I was so happy having gotten the first shot. Now I’m worried the second one won’t be there when the manufacturer said it should be. Moderna said four weeks between shots, and that’s exactly what I want. That’s the only tested and approved way to do it and I don’t think the “all-knowing” government should be tinkering with that. If any of its changes affect the efficacy of the vaccine, a huge new problem will have been created.

  2. There is a similar situation going on in the UK, and I can understand why the government would want to get as many people vaccinated as possible, but they should have looked into that, and the pros and cons of it before now. That way, at least people would have some idea as to what’s going on.

  3. Another problem I read about was the increase in virus mutations. The bigger the gap between the jabs the more time it gives the virus to mutate and counter the vaccine, a bit like the problem they are having with antibiotics. Where the bacteria is getting a taste of the antibiotic and mutating to get around it. Just heard about a Japanese mutation, so all travel to and from there will be next.

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” ― Isaac Asimov

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