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When will the vaccine be available to me?

COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared for use in the US; however, as production of mass quantities takes time, there will only be limited doses at first. Therefore, healthcare workers and other groups most at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, such as nursing home residents, are likely to be first in line to receive vaccinations.

Who is prioritized for vaccination will be decided state-by-state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will advise on who receives vaccines and in what priority; however, each state will ultimately make final decisions based on their state-specific plan. The decisions are shaped by a group of independent experts trying to ensure that the process is ethical, equitable, transparent and helps the greatest number of people.

If everything goes well, it is anticipated that the general public will start getting the vaccine by May or June 2021 although it is subject to change and could possibly be more like July or August.

Drafted 18 December 2020

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