Data released Sunday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that while vast majority of COVID-19 recipients in the country are rolling up their sleeves for two doses, millions have potentially missed the recommended window for their second shot, as reported by ABC News.
A CDC report on vaccine completion status through April 9 showed that 92% of people who had one dose of an mRNA vaccine received their second shot during their scheduled windows. However, about 8% of patients, or roughly 5 million people, may have missed their second dose, according to the report.
The percentage of people not getting their second dose more than doubled from 3.4%, the CDC reported from data gathered through mid-February, although that jump was to be expected as eligibility and access increased.
There are several CDC programs that remind patients of their second dose appointment, including V-Safe and VaxText.
Epidemiologist John Brownstein said it is not immediately clear why so many people are not showing up for their follow-up visits.
However, he suggested it may be related to work schedules, and he also pointed to possible technical issues with the data, as more pharmacies and vaccine site locations opened up.
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