I'm really excited. Even though the immediate future is bleak, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I feel like my kids will go back to camp next summer, and school in the fall.
I am a health care worker and treat a number of Covid patients per shift. I’ve made it this far. Would be thrilled to get this soon and potentially avoid contracting the virus.
ME!!!! It means the kids will be able to see their grandparents; one set of whom we haven't seen in a year bc they are abroad - and I can go home!
Me!!!! I want my kids back in school and in their activities. I want to travel. I want to see my family. I want to see shows and performances. I want to go back to the office (I never thought I'd say that). I want to go indoors somewhere that isn't my own apartment.
I'm excited about it in theory but everything I'm reading says it will be a year away at least until everyone has access to it. So best case Q4 2021. Did I miss a different projection?
You heard it here first, the vaccine will start being distributed tomorrow (friday)
Wow, where? I thought they need approval first?
Im not sure what your definition of "starting" is but what I mean is that the vast majority of the population will not be able to receive the vaccine until late next year. So its hard to get excited about something that won't materially change anyone's life so far away.
@Anon Where are you hearing that the "vast majority" won't receive it until Q4? My father is a physician and that is not what he is hearing at all. Highest priority (health care workers, other essential workers, and possibly teachers, because Biden(!) will get the vaccine in Q1, people over age 60 in Q2, and everyone else midsummer through fall. But life will start to normalize before then.
Did that poster who predicted a big announcement last Friday share anything further? I haven't seen anything new other than we are waiting for approval.
I was that poster and I was wrong on the prediction (which is why I only posted it here, lol), but Pfizer did put in request for emergency authorization on Friday. What I do know is that many hospitals are ready to receive the vaccine when it rolls out, which should be in the next three weeks.
@Anonymous Thanks. I wonder why they only put in for it on Friday. Do you know when the date the FDA will respond by?
@Anon I'm working on inside info from a hospital, so I don't know about the FDA. I just know that they are completely set up to get vaccines and are expecting them soon.
I saw Bill Gates speak this weekend and he thinks, with multiple vaccines looking like they will be effective/approved, that distribution won't be as much of an issue as feared.
Of course, a good 50%+ of the population won't take the vaccine. But IMO that will be much less of a problem in blue states. My kids will be able to go back to school in the fall!
Assuming the 95% is accurate (and Fauci said he believes the numbers will hold), then at least the people with functioning brain cells will be protected. What's more, I would assume not being vaccinated will prohibit you from certain activities like international travel, attending school, etc. Even those who don't want to get it may have to if they want to participate in those activities.
@Anon lol at the functioning brain cells.
The issue with non-compliance is that hospitals could still be overrun in areas with low vaccine uptake. But I can't spend my time worrying about that - just glad I live in NYC.
@anonymous Exactly. No matter what, more people being immunized will help lessen the load on hospitals. Honestly the type of people not willing to get the vaccine are the same people having big unmasked gatherings and not giving any thought about how this impacts others now. So I don't see that getting any worse.
This is what I heard from someone who works in healthcare and is familiar with these issues too (a vague authority I know!) -- that there will soon be a cascade of vaccines that are approved and the distribution timelines will be shorter than anticipated.
I hope so!
FDA to meet on Dec 10th