With news of the COVID-19 vaccine reportedly rolling out this month in America, you are likely wondering when you might be able to get the vaccine.
According to reports, when someone gets the coronavirus vaccine will depend on multiple factors: your age, health, job, how many different vaccines are approved, and how many doses are manufactured.
An important reminder about the vaccine from the CDC: "All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot." As for when the second shot is needed, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Warp Speed's chief adviser notes the second dose needs to be given within a month of receiving your first shot.
"It will be very important ... for all Americans who get the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccine to have their first vaccine dose and then come back either three or four weeks later to get their second vaccine dose, to complete the immunization schedule," Dr. Slaoui said.
Here's what to expect about when the vaccine might be available, according to the experts and officials:
- December: If the first doses are given this month, health care workers and nursing home residents will be first inline
- January: Additional healthcare workers and essential frontline works like emergency workers, fire, police, as well as frontline workers who are at very high risk of infection, such as food workers -- additionally, those with serious underlying conditions, like diabetes and kidney disease are being considered
- February: Additional essential workers and adults who are high-risk
- April: If more vaccines are approved and more doses produced, Phase 2 could begin and may include: K-12 teachers, school staff, childcare workers, critical workers in retail and transportation, as well as individuals in shelters for those experiencing homelessness
- May: Young adults and children -- depending on the vaccine supply and any issues in distribution
The Doctors note this timeline is dependent on your local state's distribution plan, federal funding for the nationwide rollout, and any unforeseen issues with the vaccine.
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