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Tennessee hits last place in first doses distributed, as Dr. Manoj Jain says too much emphasis on second dose timing


Meanwhile, infectious disease expert and University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) faculty member Dr. Manoj Jain told reporters Thursday that people shouldn’t be so worried about second doses being distributed exactly three or four weeks after the first. Even if someone were to only receive the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the scant available literature makes it seem like they would be protected from serious illness and death. “I do believe that the one shot will be sufficient to protect people from serious illness, which is actually what we’re looking for. If we have a mild illness, that’s okay,” Jain said. “Yes, we also want the virus not to be transmissible. But avoiding serious illness, hospitalization, and obviously death is what we’re looking for and — from some of the literature I’ve looked at — one shot should be very helpful for that.”

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