Second-Shot Crunch Leaves Many Without Complete Immunizations

Feb. 20, 2021, 2:00 PM

Almost a month after U.S. vaccination campaigns ramped up to give Covid-19 shots to more than a million people a day, their second doses are coming due, straining state rollouts and and leaving some without complete immunizations.

In Texas alone, almost 6,000 people were overdue for their second shots in early February. Washington state officials said earlier this week that some mass vaccination clinics would only deliver follow-up doses. And a Michigan hospital system canceled last-dose appointments for the past week after its supply was reduced.

Beaumont Health workers receive their first dose of vaccine at their service center in Southfield, Michigan.
Photographer: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

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