The Covid-19 vaccine is something that most are looking forward to. Finding a vaccine which cures the notorious coronavirus would finally spell an end for this tragedy. It has recently been stated that a new Covid-19 vaccine has been released, where frontline workers such as doctors and nurses get them first. Although this is great news, it may take a while for the doses to reach the general public.
According to the New York Times, “There aren’t enough doses for everyone, so initially the vaccine will be rationed for those who need it most. It will take time to produce and distribute the vaccine, and then schedule two vaccinations per person, three to four weeks apart. As more vaccines get approved, things will speed up. At least 40 million doses (enough for 20 million people) should be available from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of the year, and much more will come in 2021.” Just because the vaccine is being released does not mean that people should ease up, as we have already seen the result of that from the recent spikes and waves.
The way these vaccines will be transported is mainly by FedX and UPS which are packed with dry ice to keep the vaccines cold. Again first priority are frontline workers such as doctors and other essential workers. The New York Times states, “It’s likely that when the general public starts getting vaccinated in April, shots will be scheduled through doctor’s offices, CVS, Walgreens and other pharmacies — the same way people get flu shots. However, final plans will depend on what other vaccines besides Pfizer’s and Moderna’s have been approved. “