How can we make sure people get the second COVID-19 vaccine dose?

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News Story Source: EurekAlert
The light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is getting brighter. This week, the first health care workers will receive the first doses of an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine. Soon, so will other front-line workers in health care and beyond, and residents of long-term care facilities.

The availability of COVID-19 vaccines, however, will not necessarily result in people getting fully vaccinated.

For the first vaccines that will reach the public, everyone who gets a first dose must have a second dose within a few weeks to get full protection against severe COVID-19.

While Mark Fendrick, M.D. hails the rapid development of vaccines as a scientific breakthrough, he is anxious.

For decades, the University of Michigan primary care physician and researcher has studied what it takes to make sure that Americans get the essential preventive services that can help them stay healthy.

So what's his worry?

"There are several factors and behaviors that prevent many well-inte
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