Vaccinations began for Phase 1A groups this week. This first set of humans to receive the vaccine include frontline health workers and long-term care residents and staff. Phase 1b include Essential workers
(examples: Education Sector, Food & Agriculture, Utilities, Police, Firefighters, Corrections Officers, Transportation) and Phase 1c will be Health care personnel and Long Term Care Facility residents.
Phase Descriptions Source (Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine)As of December 16th, 1,159 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Washington State. Although a great start, it's about 1/3 less than what the Governor Jay Inslee was originally allocated from the Federal Government. A statement addressing the reduction published December 18, 2020 on the Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) website reads:
"The Department of Health (DOH) was contacted by Operation Warp Speed yesterday evening and told that Washington’s Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine allocation will be 44,850 doses rather than the 74,100 doses we were expecting to receive.
We were not given an explanation as to why our allocation was reduced, and we do not currently have allocation numbers beyond next week. We still expect to receive the remaining Pfizer-BioNTech doses we ordered for this first week (62,400 total doses)."
So how long does the whole vaccination process take?
Both approved vaccines are given in two doses which are typically administered three to four weeks apart. It's reported by both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna that the whole process will take about 28 days and is complete soon after you get the second shot. So if it all goes smooth, a human should be fully protected from COVID-19 within about a month.
Other information about the current Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines include but are not limited to:
- The COVID-19 vaccine is free.
- The COVID-19 vaccine cannot give you COVID-19. The vaccines currently being developed in the U.S. don't use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
- The FDA granted emergency use authorization to both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna which means they cannot be held legally liable should anything go wrong with the vaccine.
- Data has shown that the Moderna vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1%. This vaccine requires two injections given 28 days apart.
- Data has shown that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine starts working soon after the first dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose. This means that about 95% of people who get the vaccine are protected from becoming seriously ill with the virus. This vaccine is for people age 16 and older. It requires two injections given 21 days apart.
- The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is not available to children under age 16.
Other Information Source: (COVID-19 Vaccines: Get The Facts)
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