When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine?
by Molly O.
Finally, after almost an entire year of quarantine, masks, and social distancing, it seems that we have finally reached a light at the end of the tunnel. With the release of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, many are hopeful that soon we will be able to finally overcome the pandemic. However, when the plan was released it wasn’t so clear when we would be getting the vaccination. So here is the vaccination plan broken down and simplified so that you can know where you fit in.
The vaccine is not being released all at once, but in waves in order of necessity. Right now Massachusetts is in Phase One of our vaccine distribution plan. This means that the people receiving the vaccine right now are clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers working directly or facing COVID-19 related care, long-term care facilities, first responders, congregate care settings, home-based healthcare providers, and healthcare workers doing non-COVID-19 facing care. The people in this phase are basically healthcare workers and those who live in a medical setting. Phase One was started in December and will continue on until the month of February, after that we will transition into Phase Two of the vaccine distribution plan.
Right now what most students are concerned with regarding the virus is when it will be available to the general public. The vaccine distribution plan will have reached its third phase in April and will last until June. During Phase Three, the vaccine will be available to the general public, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean it will be available to all students. As of now, the Pfizer vaccine is only available to kids who are 16 or older and Moderna’s vaccine is only available to adults (18 or older). The clinical trials for younger age groups have begun so there is a possibility it will be available by the time Phase Three is in effect.
Despite the testing and success of the vaccines so far, there are still some people who have concerns about the virus.
“My advice to anyone concerned about getting the vaccine is to do their homework, speak to their MD and family, and read current updates” says Ms. Malone, the nurse at Duxbury High School.
When asked her opinion on the safety of the vaccine Ms. Malone responded “I try to base my opinions on science. I think scientists have been working on containing viruses for a while now, Covid just brought it to the forefront.”
At the moment Ms. Malone is not sure how the distribution of the vaccine will be handled by the school as it is up to the state. Hopefully, they will be able to release more information as it comes to them.