HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Americans began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials four months ago. Now that Alabama is consistently getting more doses, it seems supply is starting to outweigh demand in some areas.
Demand for the COVID vaccine is still high, but it is wavering a bit. While some vaccination lines in North Alabama remain long, some clinics in more rural areas are struggling to make enough vaccine appointments.
Huntsville Hospital Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Ali Hassoun said, "I think a lot of it is the hesitancy, the people who have hesitancy of getting the vaccine, because a lot of those who were willing and wanted to take it actually took it."
Dr. Hassoun says many of his patients say they are still waiting to get the shot. If you plan to get the vaccine eventually, he says it doesn't make sense to wait any longer to see how it plays out.
"Especially now that we are six months from the studies," said Dr. Hassoun. "If there was any side effect that we don't know about, it would have showed up by now."
Dr. Hassoun says current research paired with what we know about previous vaccines tells us if side effects are going to happen, they will occur within a few months of the shot.
"There's no such thing as a long term effect of a vaccine," said Dr. Hassoun. "There is nothing that will happen afterward that the vaccine can have any effect on a human organ or body."
We are seeing this now with the J&J/Janssen vaccine.
Dr. Hassoun said, "All the cases of clotting, which is again it's like one in a million came within the first two weeks of the shot of J&J. Nothing happened after that, no problems happened after that."
Although more research is being done on the J&J vaccine right now, Dr. Hassoun says it is still considered safe for most people because it is much more likely you will get a blot clot from COVID-19 than the vaccine.
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