Is Harsh Texas Winter Responsible For Vaccine Delays?

Just as the vaccine started to roll out across Texas, winter storms put a stop to deliveries. Vaccine delays across the state impeded vaccines from reaching clinics, caused cancellations of appointments, and put thousands of doses of vaccines at risk of expiring before they could be used. What does this mean for you?

Do vaccine delays affect me if I’ve only gotten my first shot?

If your appointment was cancelled due to the winter storms or new doses of vaccines haven’t arrived at your clinic after the roads have been cleared, you may be wondering if you’ll have to start the process all over again. But don’t fret – you can delay your second shot of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for up to six weeks after your first shot.

It’s important to get your second shot as soon as it’s available to ensure the maximum effectiveness of the vaccine.

You can still get Covid-19 even if you’ve been vaccinated

After you get your vaccine, you can resume normal life and safely spend time unmasked around others who have gotten the vaccine.

However, it’s important to remember that it’s still possible to get Covid-19 even if you got the vaccine. No vaccine is 100% effective, although the Covid-19 vaccines have a 72 – 95% efficacy rate (depending on the manufacturer). Compare this rate to the 10 – 60% effectiveness of the annual flu vaccine, which varies from year to year due to antigenic drift.

Because the Covid-19 vaccine isn’t 100% effective, it’s best to take precautions when you are in public or around those who may not have gotten the vaccine. Continue washing hands, staying socially distant, and wearing a mask or facial covering to protect yourself and those around you.

 

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If you think you’ve been exposed to someone with Covid-19 or are showing flu-like symptoms, it’s important to get tested. It’s important to get tested even if you’ve already been fully vaccinated, as it’s still possible to contract the virus and pass it to others.

Getting tested at home with Drip Hydration is the safest, most convenient way to get tested. One of our nurses administers your test at home and can provide results in as little as 15 minutes, depending on which test you choose.

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