• Mandi Franklin, CPNP

Be Your Own Vaccinate Advocate


Storytime...


The other day I got a call from a family member (names not mentioned for privacy reasons).


She/he already received their first vaccine, however, the facility did not schedule the second dose upon leaving.


This week, a call was made and an appointment was scheduled....for 14 days after the first dose. Which, many of you may not know, but that is TOO soon for the second dose of ANY of the available vaccines.


Per the CDC, “ Persons should not be scheduled to receive the second dose earlier than recommended (i.e., 3 weeks [Pfizer-BioNTech] or 1 month [Moderna]). However, second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid.”


WHY did this facility do this? Did they not check when the first one was given? Did they assume that the recipient would know to count the days? Does the facility not have a good scheduling system in place?


After hearing this story, I’m assuming this isn’t an isolated incident.


Bottom line...

Be your own advocate.

Ask questions.

Do your research.

Talk with your provider.

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