You’ve probably heard by now that COVID-19 vaccines are slowly starting to be administered and the first 90-year old woman has received the vaccine.
So, when will you be able to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s what we know…
Here’s When You May Be Able To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine
Last week, Pfizer announced its super cold vaccine was 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 infections. Then on Monday, Moderna chimed in with its latest trial results, showing that shot (which can be kept in the fridge for a month) is 94.5% effective.
With that being said, while the trials seem promising, it will be a while before the general public will have access to a vaccine.
As of right now, the FDA needs to grant Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine which can take several weeks.
Once approved, distribution can begin in the U.S. and it will start with people that are healthcare workers, frontline workers, elderly (over 65) and people with preexisiting conditions.
Basically those that are at the highest risk for contracting COVID-19.
Once that is done, the vaccines will be distributed starting with the ones that need it most and working down to the general population.
This entire time line will take months and for most people, you may be able to get a coronavirus vaccine by April-May 2021 if you want one.
The chart above from Business Insider shows the estimated timeline in further detail so if all goes well, the majority of people can expect to be vaccinated and we could have herd immunity by this time next year.
Sure, it seems like such a long time away but think of how fast this year went by.
Until this happens, stick to social distancing, wearing your masks and of course, washing your hands!