There is a peculiar situation right now where the Oxford vaccine is suspected to be more efficient if the first dose is a half-dose:
About 3,000 participants were given the half dose and then a full dose four weeks later, and this regime appeared to provide the most protection or efficacy in the trial - around 90%.
In the larger group of nearly 9,000 volunteers, who were given two full doses also four weeks apart, efficacy was 62%.
But lets say the regulators go ahead and approve the "two full doses" vaccine for distribution to the public, as the half-dose option didn't get enough volunteers. Sometime in March, I walk into CVS for my COVID vaccine appointment and a doctor/nurse is waiting for me with a plunger. Do I have the legal right to do one of the following?
- Instruct the nurse in advance that I would like to receive just a half-dose
- Wait until the plunger is half-way down, then yell STOP or yank my arm to prevent the full shot from being injected
In this situation my goal would be to receive the "half dose and then a full dose" and I'm curious to understand how I could do this without violating any laws.