PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Around 6,000 Pennsylvanians received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at clinics on the Allegheny Health Network on Saturday.
In the meantime, questions remain after Pfizer’s CEO said it was likely that people will need more doses later.
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Allegheny Health Network hosted two second dose vaccination clinics on Saturday. Organizers said around 4,500 doses were given at PNC Park and more than 1,000 shots were given at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty.
The patients were in phase 1A and had pre-registered.
Dr. Supporting needs at PNC Park, John Lee, AHN’s Chief Medical Information Officer, said, “I haven’t had any medical issues to address here, very few no-shows, and things are great.”
“I feel really good,” said Colleen Welsh right after her second Pfizer shot at PNC Park.
“I’m glad, I’m glad it’s over. We’ll see what happens, ”said Elisa Pengidore after receiving her dose.
People may need to pull up their sleeves again to stay protected from COVID-19.
Pfizer’s CEO said a booster shot will likely be required 6 to 12 months after full vaccination. It is also possible that people will need to receive the vaccine annually.
We have heard mixed reactions from people at PNC Park Clinic.
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“I don’t know. I hesitate a bit about it. Will it ever be over?” Pengidore said. “I’m not sure let me get through this second one.”
“It’s not a big deal. I mean when I was younger I had to get vaccinated a couple of times so I think it’s normal, ”said Matthew Criste Makar at PNC Park.
“I have no problem with that. It’s like a flu shot, ”Welsh said.
Dr. Lee said the need for additional doses was anticipated and he compared it to the annual flu shot.
“Well, we get an annual flu shot for exactly the same reason, because the genetic sequence of influenza is different every year and the way this virus develops looks like it’s going to develop various genetic shifts and mutations. Booster vaccinations will likely be required on an ongoing basis, ”said Dr. Lee.
Even if the virus can develop, the message from health professionals remains the same.
“Just get vaccinated, don’t think twice about it,” said Dr. Lee.
AHN’s next vaccination clinic will be in Pittsburgh Mills on Tuesday April 20th.
Volunteers will give up to 7,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
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Dates are still available. You can register online for the available clinics at this link.