Some on the front lines of the pandemic in Oklahoma are getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
While it’s round two for some, others said they’re having trouble getting an appointment for their first shot. Now they're worried they won't be able to get their second shot in time for it to work.
Some people with both doses are reporting soreness and low fever for a day or two, but doctors said the vaccine is highly effective and so far, extremely safe.
Dr. Eliza Chakravarty, an associate member with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, said the COVID vaccine has two doses for a reason.
"This virus is one none of our immune systems have ever seen before," Chakravarty said.
She said the first dose acts as an introduction and the second dose ensures the body will be able to fight off COVID-19.
"It further instructs the immune system to remember this virus and make a stronger and more specific and focused response," Chakravarty said.
Chakravarty said she had minor side effects with both her doses.
COVID-19 nurse Kimberly Bell said she had a welt at where she got the shot and a low fever after her second shot. Healthcare worker Nicole said she had aches and was tired for two days after her second dose, but they all said it's still better than getting COVID-19.
"If you can, get it, so you don’t have to do heavy labor the next day," said Chakravarty.
For some Oklahomans like Adele Jack, the problem isn't side effects, but scheduling an appointment for her second dose, after she got her first dose last week.
"The time we scheduled my appointment until now, they've opened the statewide portal," said Jack.
The state said they open appointments each week on Thursdays and encourage people to check their emails and health department social media for more vaccine availability.
"As my daughter described it, "Mom, this is going to be like trying to buy Garth Brooks tickets,'" Jack said.
If you can't schedule the second dose in the three to four-week time period, then do it as soon as possible.
Doctors said they know the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective from keeping people from getting sick, but they still don't know if it'll stop someone from spreading the virus, so you're asked to continue staying apart from others and wearing a mask.