What’s next for COVID-19?
By Owen Gibson
Due to increasing numbers of COVID-19, Verona Area Highschool extended spring break for students. Initially, the break was pleasurable, it gave us time away to relax and destress from school. But now, nine months later, we are wondering about the longevity of this eternal spring break. When will this end? After countless months of waiting and hoping, recent breakthroughs in the science industry have given us a glimpse into a more promising future of this pandemic.
As nearly 300 thousand American lives have been claimed throughout this pandemic, there is finally a light through all the darkness. Pfizer, who has partnered with the German company BioNTech, produced a vaccine that was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine has been getting administered this week, however, distribution of the vaccine to the general public will not happen just yet. In total, the U.S will produce 40 million vaccinations, and about 2.9 million will be distributed in the next few days. Additionally, another 2.9 million doses will be set aside for patients to get their second shot. Federal officials have estimated there could be enough to vaccinate about 30 million people in the U.S. in January and then about 50 million in February, with more in the months following.
Who will receive the vaccine first? There is no solid answer within the CDC committee. According to the committee, the first wave of vaccines will likely go to health-care workers, residents of nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Next, the committee is considering that essential workers such as teachers, police and food workers get vaccinated, followed by adults with underlying conditions that put them at high risk, and seniors aged 65 and older. Although, giving the vaccine to all healthcare workers is not practical. While healthcare workers are at the frontline, these are younger people; that have a far less likely chance to die because of complications. These deaths are majority elderly and high risk citizens, therefore vaccinations should be given to the high risk and elderly to prevent more deaths. The general public however, will receive the vaccine around late spring, nearing summer. This timeline is not concrete; it may be altered but eventually it will be administered to all.
Most people around the globe are cheerful and happy about the recent news about the many vaccinations being produced— as is to be expected. But, currently in the United States not every citizen is as excited as the rest. A poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found only half of Americans said they would get a vaccine; a quarter said they would not get it at all. No wonder we are the epicenter of this pandemic, we have many citizens with a disregard for the importance of safety during this precarious time; people who refuse to wear their masks, to practice social distancing, and don’t treat this with care. Those people are the core problem with the pandemic, the reason why we haven't been in school since March, haven't attended our new school, haven’t had a sports season, and why life hasn’t felt normal for so long. People are sick of this, if you want this to end follow the basic easy recommendations given to us. It’s not a hoax, mass vaccinations are not a plot hatched by Bill Gates to install microchips in our blood, it’s very real and have claimed 1.61 million lives around the globe. The longevity is all based on your actions and what you decide to do in the following months to come.