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Millions skipping second dose of vaccine

5 million Americans miss second vaccine dose. Officials working to convince partly vaccinated.

Where: United States

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▪ More than 5 million Americans, or nearly 8% of those who had their first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, have missed their second doses, says data from the CDC, up from 3.4% in March.

▪ While the first dose helps the body create an immune response, the second dose is a booster that strengthens immunity to the virus.

▪ In Arkansas and Illinois, health officials have directed teams to call, text, or send letters to people, reminding them to get their second vaccine shot.

▪ South Carolina has allocated several thousand additional doses for people overdue for the second shot.

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