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Ask a Reporter: Can I get a different COVID-19 vaccine if I've already had one version?

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Christ Cathedral of the Triad vaccine event in Greensboro in April.

Question: I have had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is 63% effective against COVID-19. Now that there is a surplus of vaccines, would it be possible for me to also get one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, which are 94% effective? If so, how would I go about doing that? W.S.

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Answer: Glenda Dancy, the assistant public health director in Forsyth County, said that it is not recommended to receive more than one complete COVID-19 vaccination series if you have had a single, valid vaccination series of either a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. “A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or two weeks after receipt of the single dose of the Janssen vaccine,” Dancy said. Q: I am writing on behalf of several senior citizens who have been receiving phone calls for someone who says they are with the Social Security Investigation Agency and need to speak to someone as soon as possible. They don’t leave a name or callback number. Is this a scam? C.F. A: In all likelihood, it is a scam. The Office of the Inspector General, the arm of the Social Security Administration that investigates scams and Social Security fraud, said that it continually receives reports of people who are impersonating Social Security employees calling people to try to get personal information or demand money. “If the caller demands sensitive personal information, payment via gift card or pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, it is a scam,” the agency said on its website. “If the caller makes threats when you do not comply with their request, it is a scam. “If you receive a suspicious call: “1. Hang up. “2. Do not give them money or personal information. “3. Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV/REPORT.” — Melissa Hall, |Winston-Salem Journal

Question: I have had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is 63% effective against COVID-19. Now that there is a surplus of vaccines, would it be possible for me to also get one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, which are 94% effective? If so, how would I go about doing that?

W.S.

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Answer: Glenda Dancy, the assistant public health director in Forsyth County, said that it is not recommended to receive more than one complete COVID-19 vaccination series if you have had a single, valid vaccination series of either a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.

“A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or two weeks after receipt of the single dose of the Janssen vaccine,” Dancy said.

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Q: I am writing on behalf of several senior citizens who have been receiving phone calls for someone who says they are with the Social Security Investigation Agency and need to speak to someone as soon as possible. They don’t leave a name or callback number. Is this a scam?

C.F.

A: In all likelihood, it is a scam. The Office of the Inspector General, the arm of the Social Security Administration that investigates scams and Social Security fraud, said that it continually receives reports of people who are impersonating Social Security employees calling people to try to get personal information or demand money.

“If the caller demands sensitive personal information, payment via gift card or pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, it is a scam,” the agency said on its website.

“If the caller makes threats when you do not comply with their request, it is a scam.

“If you receive a suspicious call:

“1. Hang up.

“2. Do not give them money or personal information.

“3. Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV/REPORT.”

— Melissa Hall, |Winston-Salem Journal

Email your questions to mike.kernels@greensboro.com. Include Ask a Reporter in the subject field.

Email your questions to mike.kernels@greensboro.com. Include Ask a Reporter in the subject field.

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