Osterholm recommends delaying second COVID-19 dose to get more vaccinated
February 4, 2021
Minnesota epidemiologist Michael Osterholm said Wednesday that he will ask federal health officials to re-examine COVID-19 vaccine data with an eye toward delaying the second dose so more people can quickly receive first shots.
Osterholm, speaking before a Minnesota House health committee, said immunity protection improves with many other vaccines when doses are spaced out by months.
"We could get more of our over-65 age group vaccinated," said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I think the data will support that actually is a very effective way to go."