OMAHA, Neb. —
A CHI infectious disease expert responded to the Monday announcement of a new potential vaccine that would immunize people from COVID-19.
On Monday, Dr. David Quimby said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the Pfizer vaccine. Quimby said the results of the company’s trial are promising, but the process of FDA approval likely means a long wait time for everyday people to be vaccinated.
Although it could be a year until everyone can have access to a vaccine, Quimby said the delay is necessary to ensure a mass distribution is done safely.
“The average person, not a frontline worker, which frontline workers include people in hospitals, and even I would consider people in grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, might not be able to get the vaccine until sometime next year, because [companies] have to produce more and be able to get it out there,” said Quimby.
In late October, Gov. Pete Ricketts submitted a state roll-out plan to the federal government. If approved, the first phase will vaccinate frontline health care workers, then other at-risk populations before reaching the general public. The governor said the vaccine will be free and voluntary.
“There will be a lot of education with regards to the vaccines but it will be voluntarily whether people want to get a vaccine,” said Ricketts.