If you think coronavirus vaccines are not working because you are being told to get three doses, Dr. Jerome Adams is urging you to think again.
“There are lots of people who feel or at least expressing that they feel the vaccines aren’t working because it was two doses and not’s three, and you hear about Israel talking four doses,” said Adams, former U.S. Surgeon General, and Indiana Health Commissioner, in an interview with WISH-TV on Monday.
Adams wants to remind you that these aren’t the first vaccines to require multiple doses.
“There are plenty of vaccines that require multiple doses. This vaccine, similar to the hepatitis vaccine, in hindsight, should have always been built as a three-dose vaccine. So for people out there, I understand the messaging has been frustrating. Part of that is because we were building the plane as we were flying it, and we knew the vaccines were safe. We knew they would save lives. We didn’t yet know that we would need three … doses, but get your third dose, and then we should be in a good place until the fall comes around. That’s my opinion,” said Adams.
Adams believes the closing of a vaccination clinic at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Noblesville is a sign that vaccination efforts need to shift from these larger units to mobile units.
“We need to reach the neighborhoods where we know the vaccination rates are lower. In the beginning, it was open up the fairgrounds and open up at Lucas Oil Stadium so people would come to stand in line. That’s not the case anymore and we always knew that wasn’t going to be the case. Some of this is just still people having difficulty accessing these services. If we take it to them, we’ll continue to see vaccinations go up, albeit not as quickly as in the beginning,” said Adams.
Adams also thinks herd immunity is on the horizon.
“I think herd immunity is all about who you’re talking about. You can have herd immunity within your family right now. We’ll continue to have more places like schools, workplaces, and homes where we feel safer. That’s what it’s all about,” said Adams.
Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 64% of Americans are fully vaccinated.