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Getting Answers: Can I get the 2nd dose after the recommended date?

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TUCSON (KVOA) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local health official stress the importance of getting both COVID-19 doses within a certain time frame. But what if appointments are only available before or after the recommended dates?

News 4 Tucson viewer Jerry wrote,

"I received my first Pfizer COVID shot on Feb. 27 but my second shot isn't scheduled until March 30. This is more than four weeks after the first. The paper I received states the second shot should be given three weeks after the first. Is this a concern?"

The answer is no.

The Pima County Health Department said, the minimum interval for the COVID-19 vaccine is identical to the recommended interval (21 days for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna).

So, that means it is not advisable to give a second dose of either vaccine before 21 or 28 days. The Pima County Health Department said, a few days after the recommended interval is fine. So there is no need to worry.

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