This week we’re talking about the most anticipated vaccine for COVID-19. Last Monday Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, gave official approval for Pfizer and BioTech’s vaccines. This means that the first shipments of the vaccine were sent out today and inoculations can begin as early as tomorrow.
The people are pretty split on weather or not they take the vaccine. There’s widespread concern about the process of taking the vaccine and how effective it will even be. Knowing that the vaccine was rushed it makes less people trust it. But also seeing how deadly and serious coronavirus can become, it’s hard to not want the vaccine just in case.
If you want to learn more about the steps you’d have to take in order to take the vaccine check out this article from the CDC! https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect.html
According to The NY Times, the expected order for vaccinations: would be:
Health care workers and people in long-term care facilities: The nation’s 21 million health care workers and three million mostly elderly people living in long-term care facilities will go first, starting in December. Initially, there won’t be enough doses to vaccinate all health care workers, so states will prioritize based on exposure risk, choosing emergency room staff, for instance, to go first. Or they may offer the vaccine to the oldest health care workers first.
Essential workers: The 87 million Americans who work in food and agriculture, manufacturing, law enforcement, education, transportation, corrections, emergency response and other sectors, likely will be second in line, starting early next year. States will set priorities.
Adults with underlying medical conditions and people over 65. Health officials are hoping to get any remaining older adults who have not been vaccinated sometime in the first quarter. Some states might decide to vaccinate residents over 75 before some types of essential workers.
All other adults. Adults in the general population are at the back of the line. They could start receiving the vaccine as early as April, said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, although many people likely will have to wait until at least May or June. The vaccine hasn’t been approved in children, so it may be several months, or possibly a year, before the vaccine is available for anyone under the age of 16.
Thanks for catching up on what’s poppin’ this week and stay tuned for more!