Shots Fired from Across The Pond! Pfizer's COVID vaccine administration website says that the second dose should be given 21 days later. So why is the UK government now saying the second dose will be 3 full months not three weeks later? Could it be that the second dose provides the one-two punch of more severe side effects that are sure to turn OFF first dosers who may be in line? By waiting three months, you may have tens of thousands of first doses administered, doses that may have been refused had citizens heard about second dose adverse events.
Participants were more likely to report such symptoms following the second dose of the vaccine.
“[The reaction to the second dose] tends to be a little more of an intense response, which does make sense, considering your immune system has been exposed already,” Heinz said.
“It gets hit with another dose of [the vaccine], and it has a sort of quicker and more robust response. That makes a lot of sense immunologically,” he added. Source: www.healthline.com/health-news/what-we-know-about-the-side-effects-of-pfizers-covid-19-vaccine#Fatigue,-headache,-muscle-pain
From BBC News Coronavirus: BMJ urges NYT to correct vaccine 'mixing' article
The editor of the British Medical Journal has asked the New York Times to correct an article that says UK guidelines allow two Covid-19 vaccines to be mixed.
The US publication reported that UK health officials would allow patients to be given a second dose that is a different vaccine to their first.
Fiona Godlee pointed out in her letter to the NYT that it was not a recommendation.
She said the NYT's headline claiming UK guidelines say such substitutions "may happen" was "seriously misleading".
The UK has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab - but both require two doses which are now to be administered 12 weeks apart
Ms Godlee said the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) does not make any recommendation to mix and match - in other words, having a shot of one vaccine and then a different one 12 weeks later.