ROCHESTER, Minn. (KEYC) — We’re starting to see a decline in people getting their first and second COVID-19 vaccines.
Health officials are saying many people are putting off the second dose due to vaccine hesitancy.
Nationwide, eight percent of people are delaying their second dose.
Experts attribute that to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause, concerns about the shot and questions that the public is having.
If people don’t get that second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, health experts say there’s added risk of COVID-19 infection, especially without scientific data on how long the first dose protects a person.
”For those who are not yet fully vaccinated, they are now entering the most dangerous part of the pandemic. The reason for that is they are misunderstanding over the virus that circulated over six and twelve months ago versus the variants that are circulating now,” said Dr. Gregory Poland, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic vaccine research group.
About 56% of eligible Minnesotans have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with about 1.8 million people fully vaccinated.