With both FDA-approved vaccines, you need that second shot to maximize your protection against COVID-19. Getting the second dose makes your immune system stronger if you are later exposed to COVID-19.

Coronavirus Updates | 7 months ago

The Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose: What’s Your ‘Why?’

With both FDA-approved vaccines, you need that second shot to maximize your protection against COVID-19. Getting the second dose makes your immune system stronger if you are later exposed to COVID-19.

Finding an excuse not to get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may seem easy. We’re juggling too much, our to-do lists keep growing, and it takes time to get the shot. 

But finding reasons why to get the second shot are even easier. With both FDA-approved vaccines, you need that second shot to maximize your protection against COVID-19. Getting the second dose makes your immune system stronger if you are later exposed to COVID-19.  

As more people get their second doses this yearwe get closer to the possibility of herd immunity and, with ita return to what we love.  

What’s your ‘why’ for getting the second COVID-19 vaccine dose? Is it a return one day to big family holidays? Is it enjoying time with friends? Or is it simply about living each day feeling more at ease? 

We asked Atrium Health teammates about their ‘why’ in getting the second dose. Here’s what they told us: 

Jessica Salzman, MD, Emergency Medicine physician with Atrium Health, shares why getting the vaccine provides a “light at the end of a tunnel” for the community.

Annie Rominger, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician with Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital, shares her ‘why’ for getting the second COVID-19 vaccine. 


If you’ve got questions about the vaccines, visit our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ, our COVID Vaccine: Myth vs. Fact page or talk with your care team. If you have questions about the timing of your second dose, please contact your provider.