Doctors warn against skipping second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Health officials encourage patients to get both doses

Some vaccine recipients skipping second shot; Doctors warn against it

DETROIT – As Michigan COVID-19 cases continue to surge, doctors are putting out a warning to people considering skipping their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines: Don’t skip it.

If you’ve spoken with someone who was recently vaccinated against COVID, side effects have probably been part of the conversation.

Everyone has a different reaction. Now it appears some people are having second thoughts about getting the second dose. Vikki Williamson had such a bad reaction to the first Pfizer COVID vaccine shot that her second shot was cancelled.

“I couldn’t breathe and I felt like I was dying. I am like, ‘Oh my God, I’m dying,’” she said.

She wanted both shots but was unable to get the second one due to her reaction.

“I know some people who are not getting it at all and I have people who are going to get one shot and I am going to have to make do with that,” Williamson said.

Beaumont Health has administered 134,000 first shots so far. They reported that 1 percent of people have missed their second dose.

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Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.

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