According to reports, California will begin distributing the COVID-19 vaccine as early as Monday. So, what does this mean for the general public? The loading process of the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine has begun in the United States, with vaccines heading to all 50 states.
The first to receive the vaccine include: Healthcare workers, caretakers, elderly individuals and then essential workers (bus drivers, teachers, etc.). Only after that will the general public receive access to the vaccine.
The first shipment includes about 327,000 doses. According to officials, that is not enough to ease up the overflow of CA Hospitals.
Medical workers were expected to get the first doses of vaccine through a limited number of hospitals in California that include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Health and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
When will more vaccines come to California? Officials expect to get more doses of the vaccine later this month and again in early January.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted Saturday to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people age 16 and older.
CNN wrote that health experts are warning it's likely the US won't see any meaningful, widespread impacts from vaccinations until well into 2021.
Learn more here: https://covid19.ca.gov/