Real world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

May 12, 2021 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (6)

Children 12–15 are now eligible to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use approval. And there is other COVID-19 news.

"This is the first week we have not had an increase in COVID-19 cases in any U.S. state, and in 33 of those states, there was a decrease last week," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "This has not happened on any consistent basis for every U.S. state since the start of this pandemic."

In this Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Poland explains the real world effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, talks about the approval process for these vaccines and answers a number of listener questions

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used. For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

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12hrs AfterThe first dose of Pfizer my very mild neuropathy pain in one foot increase dramatically to include both hands, arms, feet and legs. I put off my second dose twice hoping this was only temporary. It has now gotten about 50/60% better. I am afraid the 2nd dose will make my pain even worse and that it will be permanent. It will be 6 weeks from my 1st dose on May 19th. I don’t know what to do. How far past 6 weeks can I get my booster and still have maximum protection? How protected am I with one dose? Can I get another type of vaccine, should I and when could I?

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@dhamil

12hrs AfterThe first dose of Pfizer my very mild neuropathy pain in one foot increase dramatically to include both hands, arms, feet and legs. I put off my second dose twice hoping this was only temporary. It has now gotten about 50/60% better. I am afraid the 2nd dose will make my pain even worse and that it will be permanent. It will be 6 weeks from my 1st dose on May 19th. I don’t know what to do. How far past 6 weeks can I get my booster and still have maximum protection? How protected am I with one dose? Can I get another type of vaccine, should I and when could I?

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Hello @dhamil and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. The COVID Vaccines and Neuropathy discussion may be of interest to you as there are members actively sharing their experiences right now. If interested, you can find that discussion here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-vaccines-and-neuropathy/

Regarding your question on the window of time between your two vaccines, this should help to answer your questions.

– COVID-19 Vaccines: Get the Facts:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-vaccine/art-20484859
Excerpt from the link:
It requires two injections given 21 days apart. The second dose can be given up to six weeks after the first dose, if needed.

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My daughter and her husband are trying to get pregnant, therefore they are hesitant to get the vaccine. Are there any studies or information I can give them too ease their concern?

Thank you, and I have loved all your podcasts!

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@angielink

My daughter and her husband are trying to get pregnant, therefore they are hesitant to get the vaccine. Are there any studies or information I can give them too ease their concern?

Thank you, and I have loved all your podcasts!

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Hello @angielink and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for your question on behalf of your daughter and her husband. You might find this information below to be of interest.

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked:
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-vaccine-myths-debunked/#:~:text=Fact%3A%20Neither%20the%20Pfizer%2FBioNTech,linked%20to%20infertility%20or%20miscarriage.
Thank you for the feedback on the podcasts as well! Which have you found to be most helpful?

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Thank you so much for the information. Very helpful!

I have really enjoyed all the podcasts of Dr Helena and Dr Poland! I even share them with my friends!

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@angielink

Thank you so much for the information. Very helpful!

I have really enjoyed all the podcasts of Dr Helena and Dr Poland! I even share them with my friends!

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That is wonderful to hear @angielink!

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