Developments of the Vaccine


Matthew Tibbals, Contributor

For the past 8 months, the world has been plagued by the COVID-19 virus with no foreseeable end in sight, until recently. There has been a CDC approved vaccination that has been developed. Due to the limited supply of said vaccine, not everyone can get the vaccination at once. As of December 3rd, the CDC had recommended that vaccination be given to different groups at different times. The CDC recommends that initial amounts of the vaccine are distributed to healthcare personnel and long term care facilities, then frontline essential workers (grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector) and anyone aged 75 or older, and then the final group of people to get vaccinated are people ages 16-75 and any other essential workers (such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health). 

There is some concern as to how effective the vaccine will be and what the side effects of the vaccine will be. On the CDC website, they give several reasons as to how and why the vaccine is helpful at preventing the COVID-19 virus. Some of which include: “All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19; All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19; Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.” The CDC also lists reasons on their website as to how the vaccine is a safer way to protect yourself from the virus than the current protections that are already in place and available. Some of those reasons include: “Clinical trials of all vaccines must first show they are safe and effective before any vaccine can be authorized or approved for use, including COVID-19 vaccines. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine for use under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA); Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is uncommon in the 90 days after the initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.”