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Thousands of Coloradans have missed or skipped their second vaccine appointment

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Centers for Disease Control estimates 8% or 5 million Americans who received their first Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine have missed or skipped their second vaccine appointment.

In Colorado, state health officials say the data shows 62,505 Coloradans have not received their second COVID-19 vaccine within the recommended time frame. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, that accounts for 2.8% of Coloradans who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

"It is possible that some of these individuals received their first or second dose out of state or through one of the federal entities which don’t report into CIIS (e.g., Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Prisons) -- and are actually fully vaccinated," a CDPHE spokesperson said.

State health officials say that 1.7 million Coloradans have been fully vaccinated so far. CDPHE says it is doing outreach to individuals overdue for their second dose and are running a campaign to combat vaccine hesitancy.

"It’s important that people receive both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in order to achieve maximum protection. If it isn’t possible to get the second dose on the right day, the second dose can be given as late as 42 days (6 weeks) after the first dose and still provide the same level of protection. There is not a lot of data on how well the vaccine will work if given outside of the grace period. But if the second dose is accidentally given outside the grace period, there is no need to restart the vaccination series," a CDPHE spokesperson said.

The state encourages vaccine providers to administer the second dose for those who received their first dose somewhere else. CDPHE said some vaccine clinics are holding second-dose clinics and that Community Vaccination Sites are also accommodating second doses for those that another provider vaccinated.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, people can call 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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  1. And do you know why? Because it’s not a vaccine…it’s experimental and not even EUA approved. You want that poison in your body? People are dying…people will be affected for life. Yes…I know…it hasn’t harmed you yet. Hmmmmm…yet? And what makes you think you didn’t get a placebo in the first place and if you didn’t…what did you get? You have been duped beyond comprehension. This injection does not stop COVID! The only way to stop this is stand up for yourselves…use logic…common sense…do some research…just say no and stop the lies! Walk in the freedom that belongs to you…yes freedom! Remember freedom?

    1. ” If it isn’t possible to get the second dose on the right day, the second dose can be given as late as 42 days (6 weeks) after the first dose and still provide the same level of protection. There is not a lot of data on how well the vaccine will work if given outside of the grace period. But if the second dose is accidentally given outside the grace period, there is no need to restart the vaccination series,” a CDPHE spokesperson said.”

      THIS DOES NOT SOUND RIGHT,
      it sounds like junk science.

      1. This has been shown to be true. Science is not always fixed, like most people would like to believe, but changes as we learn more over time.

    2. All vaccines in use in our country have received EUA approval.
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      You’re the one who is still being duped by Dr. Mercola, a peddler of snake oil and other bogus “Covid cures.” Do your research using reputable sources and you can see, but only if you open your eyes first.

      1. Thanks Dr. Reality…my eyes are wide open and far better than your tunnel vision.

        1. Then show it! You act like a blindfolded ass, stumbling around in a world of disinformation, spreading only evidence of your own ignorance.

          1. Wow…I never thought you would resort to childish name calling…getting under your skin a wee bit huh Dr. Reality?

  2. It’s no wonder. Even with the media covering up the deaths of thousands of vaccine recipients the truth is getting out.

    1. The only people who have died after being vaccinated are those who would normally have died for other reasons, such as natural causes. There is not a shred of evidence that a single person has died as a result of being vaccinated for Covid.

        1. There are very few who have died in the circumstances you describe. It’s clearly not possible to determine with 100% certainty whether they would have died anyway, but statistically they fall within the range of people who might have contracted the condition had they not been vaccinated.

  3. What are you smoking RealityCheck? Is that what the FDA and CDC says? Remember- science isn’t always “fixed”, it changes as we learn over time.

    1. Kollege…you can’t reason with an unreasonable person especially Dr. Reality. Remember…he is far more intelligent than us…he said so himself.

        1. I really like you Dr. Reality…you just keep coming after me. It shows your extreme intelligence…so far above mine. I appreciate your sense of humor too. (sarcasm intended)

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