I don’t know about the rest of you, but the news that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available soon, has really got me excited. After months of social isolation and uncomfortable mask wearing, there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel.
Two COVID-19 vaccines are currently under emergency review by the Food and Drug Administration and unless something unexpected turns up, hundreds of thousands of people in the USA should be vaccinated before the end of the year.
Both Pfizer and BioNTech say that their vaccines can prevent more than 90% of people from getting COVID-19. Assuming people agree to accept the vaccine, millions of people worldwide should be vaccinated before the end of the year and billions of people in 2021. More than 60% of people need to receive the vaccine, however, for it to be effective across society.
Currently there is a plan for a staged roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine. Stage one includes healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Stage two includes people over 65 and those at high risk due to other medical comorbidities.
Based on the findings of the phase 3 clinical trials in the United States, it appears that the coronavirus vaccine is very safe. Reported side effects have been similar to those side effects noted from other vaccinations. These include injection site pain and tenderness, fever, fatigue, headache, myalgia and chills
One way or another we are going to find out soon how safe and effective these vaccines are. Hopefully, by this time next year the pandemic will be in the rearview mirror. I for one am looking forward to the day that we can all return to a semblance of normal work, school and social activities.