Officials report large number of people fail to get vaccine second dose

NOW: Officials report large number of people fail to get vaccine second dose

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Starting Monday, the St. Joseph’s County Department of Health will be administering vaccines at the County City Building, and along with the new location comes new hours. If you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at the Saint Hedwig Memorial Center, plan for that second shot to be in the main lobby of the County City Building.

The St. Joseph Department of Health now administering the Pfizer vaccine Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new location.

The move, coming after a big holiday weekend, where President Joe Biden originally hoped to have 70% of U.S. citizens fully vaccinated by July 4th.  The nation was just shy of the goal with 67% of Americans having received their first dose.

However, experts are expressing concern as roughly 15 million people who were administered their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and not returning for the second. In Indiana, 2,833,544 individuals are fully vaccinated. Specifically, St. Joseph County has vaccinated 125,352 and Elkhart County has 66,303 people fully vaccinated.

Officials explaining that second dose is even more important than the first! Register for your vaccine here.

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