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What should we do if we have a patient who does not show for the second injection of the vaccine?

While most advanced vaccine candidates require two shots, not all will necessarily need two. Currently at this time, the first two COVID-19 vaccines submitted to FDA for EUA do require two shots. The following are some guidelines to assist with managing return appointments:

  • Discuss expectations with the patient prior to first vaccination.
  • Have the patient sign a consent/agreement that covers the risks and benefits of the vaccine and an agreement to return for the second dose.
  • Provide the patient with a return appointment for the second dose when they receive their first dose.
  • Use a tracking process to alert you when patients are due for their next vaccination, and track all no shows and canceled/rescheduled appointments.
  • Follow the vaccine manufacturer instructions to define the appropriate window time frame for the second vaccination.
  • Have designated staff alert providers when patients are not complying with that time frame.
  • Document consent, patient response, vaccine administration, and any correspondence related to vaccination.
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All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.