How to ensure that people also receive the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine?

New York City, Dec. 15 (IANS) A smartphone-based platform to send reminders or offer a gift card during the administration of the first dose may help ensure people don’t miss the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, according to experts. said.

With the first vaccines reaching the public, which needs two doses, care is taken that some people may not take the second dose in the midst of an aggressive campaign of misinformation against vaccination.

“There are several factors and behaviors that prevent many well-meaning people from completing a two-step process, such as the one recommended for the Covid-19 vaccines,” said Mark Fendrick of the University of Michigan in the United States.

“We need to provide everything necessary to support those who get the first shot, to make sure they complete their second dose.”

This lack of complementarity has been well established for other two-dose vaccines, such as those that prevent less contagious and less lethal conditions, such as shingles, human papilloma virus (HPV), and hepatitis B.

A physician and primary care researcher at the University of Michigan said vaccines that require more than one dose create additional behavioral and environmental challenges, including side effects reports, false claims about vaccine safety, logistical barriers, and the policy of the program that may interfere. people will not be vaccinated or return for their second dose.

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Healthcare providers can distribute a card by giving first doses, to help educate patients about the vaccine and encourage the scheduling of second dose appointments.

A support program for joining a vaccine via a smartphone can also be added to optimize vaccination, the University of Michigan said in a statement.

“Smartphone apps and mobile devices are already managing to get people to eat their medications, check their blood pressure or blood sugar, or even measure their heart rate,” Fendrick said.

In addition to automatic reminders, a quick call or email from someone at a reliable source could do wonders, he said.

In addition to personalized messaging, Fendrick feels that small financial rewards like a $ 50 gift card would increase the vaccination.

A vaccine campaign against the deadly pandemic of coronavirus began in the United States on Monday when health workers rolled up their sleeves to receive their first shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The vaccine regimen presented by Pfizer-BioNTech requires two doses of vaccine to be administered 21 days apart.

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