One shot or two? Health experts debate what’s best for the nation

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — All U.S. health experts can agree that getting a vaccine is an essential step in the war on COVID-19. But debate has been sparked within the healthcare community on whether two shots are necessary.

With vaccine scarcity, some are arguing only one dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines should be administered to provide more supply for others.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says two doses of these vaccines offer better protection against coronavirus variants.

“I would much rather listen to Dr. Fauci who’s a trusted national expert,” commented Dr. Richina Bicette, Medical Director at Baylor College Of Medicine. “What we know is what the science shows for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, in order to be fully protected you need to get at least two doses.”

However, former Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tweeted:

“Good protection for many with one shot is better than great protection for a few. 2,000 people a day are dying because they can’t get a 1st COVID-19 shot, not because they can’t get a second.”

Adams would later clarify, “I’m not saying it’s 100% the right way to go. I’m saying there’s enough data/evidence to suggest it’s not 100% the wrong way to go.”

As vaccinations continue across the county, CDC advisors remain mixed on whether those who have recovered from COVID-19 should just get a single dose of the vaccine.

Some experts even argue that the natural infection could act as a ‘first dose.’

But, as of now, CDC policy is to administer two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the recommended intervals.

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