By Nicolette DiSano
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been a race to complete so that the world can see an end to the virus soon. In early December, the vaccine was first given and now more people are starting to get it. There are different phases determining the order of what group of people get to receive the COVID-19 vaccine first in the U.S. In phase 1a, healthcare workers and long term care facility members have been the first to get vaccines and are continuing to get it. Essential workers and people over 75 years old are getting the vaccine in phase 1b. Some specific individuals who are able to get the vaccine are firefighters, police officers, food and agricultural workers, and educators. People 65-74 years old, more essential workers and people 16 to 65 years old with underlying conditions are in phase 1c of getting the vaccine. Some people in phase 1c may get it at the same time as people in 1b because of underlying conditions. This creates an orderly process when getting vaccinated.
Right now, vaccines aren’t easy to come by and there are a limited amount. In the U.S., President Joe Biden finalized a deal on February 11th to purchase 200 million more vaccine doses from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. It is predicted that by the end of July, these doses will be available and there will be 600 million doses in total. Also, by the 100th day of Biden’s presidency, it is expected that 150 million Americans will be vaccinated. These predictions definitely show progress with the vaccine distribution in America. Since December, there have been more than 52 million doses out, which suggests that there’s 11.5% of the population being vaccinated (NPR). Overall, In the U.S., there is still a long way to go in order to get everyone vaccinated, but progress has been made.
Around the world, people are having difficulty getting hold of the vaccines. In many countries like Russia and India, one or no people have been vaccinated out of every one hundred people. These countries are suffering greatly without getting access to vaccines but hopefully will start rollout progression soon. One to ten out of one hundred people in Canada and most of South America have been vaccinated, which shows there is progress even though it’s slow. Per one hundred people in the U.S., ten to twenty people have been vaccinated. Lastly, in the UK, there has been a lot of progress because out of one hundred people, twenty to thirty people have taken the coronavirus vaccine (BBC). In many parts of the world, there is a lack of vaccinations and data on their progress. There has also been reports of vaccine shipment delays and appointments being cancelled or rescheduled. Hopefully in the near future the world will see great strides in the vaccination progress.
* Note: statistics and information published in this article may not be up-to-date due to the rapidly evolving vaccine rollout situation.