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When will coronavirus vaccines be available to the public? – KCRA Sacramento

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Nov 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge throughout the nation and experts warn of brutal weeks ahead. During a town hall discussion on Friday, doctors in California said help is on the way.Pfizer filed for emergency use of its vaccine and health officials expect Moderna to follow suit within the next few days. “It is beyond what our dreams were as of about 10 days ago,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and Chair in the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco.According to Doctor Wachter, both vaccines are about 95% effective and both of them require two shots about one month apart. He said the biggest difference between the two is how they have to be stored. “The Pfizer vaccine requires a deep freeze packed in dry ice. If you take it out and it sits around for a couple of days it’s no longer good. The Moderna vaccine can be stored in a regular old freezer.”Distribution guidelines are set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has a task force that will oversee how vaccines are allocated. “They’re also looking at where are there ultra low temperature freezers so they can decide where they can send the Pfizer vaccine versus the Moderna,” explained Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Deputy Chief Health Officer, Contra Costa County.Doctors expect health care workers and other high-risk groups to begin receiving vaccines within the next few weeks.”If you do the math in terms of how much vaccine these companies have available, by mid-December, you would say that probably it’s December, January, maybe February, before you vaccinate those two groups of healthcare workers and people of particularly high risk,” said Dr. Wachter.”It’s probably May, June, before you vaccinate most of the country and get anywhere near this whole discussion of herd immunity where you have 50 or 60% of the people vaccinated,” he said.Dr. Wachter informed KCRA 3 that children are relatively low on the vaccination list. “The tests have mostly not looked at kids. We wanted to be sure it was safe on adults first before doing a whole lot of testing on kids. I don’t think you’re going to see students as an early part of the group. Where the teachers fit in, they fit in on the hierarchy a little bit higher than the general public, but after the elderly and health care workers,” he said.| MORE | Click here to listen to the entire townhall

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge throughout the nation and experts warn of brutal weeks ahead. During a town hall discussion on Friday, doctors in California said help is on the way.

Pfizer filed for emergency use of its vaccine and health officials expect Moderna to follow suit within the next few days.

“It is beyond what our dreams were as of about 10 days ago,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, professor and Chair in the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco.

According to Doctor Wachter, both vaccines are about 95% effective and both of them require two shots about one month apart. He said the biggest difference between the two is how they have to be stored.

“The Pfizer vaccine requires a deep freeze packed in dry ice. If you take it out and it sits around for a couple of days it’s no longer good. The Moderna vaccine can be stored in a regular old freezer.”

Distribution guidelines are set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has a task force that will oversee how vaccines are allocated.

“They’re also looking at where are there ultra low temperature freezers so they can decide where they can send the Pfizer vaccine versus the Moderna,” explained Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Deputy Chief Health Officer, Contra Costa County.

Doctors expect health care workers and other high-risk groups to begin receiving vaccines within the next few weeks.

“If you do the math in terms of how much vaccine these companies have available, by mid-December, you would say that probably it’s December, January, maybe February, before you vaccinate those two groups of healthcare workers and people of particularly high risk,” said Dr. Wachter.

“It’s probably May, June, before you vaccinate most of the country and get anywhere near this whole discussion of herd immunity where you have 50 or 60% of the people vaccinated,” he said.

Dr. Wachter informed KCRA 3 that children are relatively low on the vaccination list.

“The tests have mostly not looked at kids. We wanted to be sure it was safe on adults first before doing a whole lot of testing on kids. I don’t think you’re going to see students as an early part of the group. Where the teachers fit in, they fit in on the hierarchy a little bit higher than the general public, but after the elderly and health care workers,” he said.

| MORE | Click here to listen to the entire townhall

 

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