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zoozi

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I would stick to the recommended guidelines.
The US and Israel recommended guidelines were 3 weeks initially which is proven to be sub optimal, so I can't see why 12-weeks might not be better as the research gets better. I saw another better source for the 12 weeks the other day from September but can't find it now, stated it might even negate the need for a booster shot.
 
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As the data are emerging, they are telling us to extend the original 3- and 4-week dosing interval. For me personally, I felt good about evidence to support waiting for my second dose until 3 months after my first. For people who have not yet received their second vaccine dose, let's use a data-driven approach to delay the second dose to 3 months. Doing so could yield more durable immune protection and may reduce the need for boosters.
Marty Makary MD, MPH, is editor-in-chief of MedPage Today as well as professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 

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Northern Cape is interesting. Unusual with two peaks in the wave. Anything exciting in NC?
Nope, there isn't. (That's why they kept on seeking each other out and socialising and congregating, resulting in more waves!)
 

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I'm hopeful we can replicate India's experience post-Delta as they've had low infection numbers for months now.
They’re not being honest. They haven’t been since the start of the pandemic.
We could and should learn from India and China.
The less honesty is practiced, the more hookups, the better the chances of getting laid, the quicker the population growth bursts into the billions, the quicker you get to take over the world, the bigger the global tourism business gets ... and by simple extrapolation, the quicker humanity can reach its collective End Goal.
 

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Nope, there isn't. (That's why they kept on seeking each other out and socialising and congregating, resulting in more waves!)
The waves move through most populations no matter what. In our case restrictions may slow a wave down. In NZ's case it may be stopped almost completely...but that takes a real nazi government and a population of californian indoctranees. ...until a more infectious strain gets through anyway.
 

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Due for second Pfizer dose tomorrow, the gap between my doses is 7 weeks.
UK suggests 8 weeks is the sweet spot
Other studies suggest 12 week gap might be even better and negate the need for a booster shot.

The vaccine antibodies wear off after 5-6 months, how much does 12 weeks over 7/8 weeks extend this by, any data?
Think it's worth waiting the extra 37 days or so?
The UK change to 8 weeks was based on finding that although 12 weeks produced a stronger response it wasn't as much of an increase as 8 weeks was over the original 3 weeks and the benefit had to be balanced against getting more people fully vaccinated in a shorter time.

The antibodies don't wane to nothing though. They drop off to some baseline level and are then expected to stay there for years. Obviously some people will have less than others.

There is data somewhere showing the antibody levels produced at various vaccination intervals.
 
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