A vaccine for COVID-19 appears to be on the horizon. Which is great. But before you toss away your facemasks, there is much to consider regarding the release of this vaccine/these vaccines.
First of all, there initially will not be enough for all who want one. COVID-19 is a worldwide problem, not just a United States one. These vaccines need to be made available to the entire world. Think about how many vaccines will need to be manufactured. And I’m understanding that for most of these vaccines, you will need two doses. That’s a lot of vaccines.
The Pfizer one will need to be kept at a temperature most medical facilities cannot accommodate. Will these places need to purchase special freezers just to house this vaccine? How much is that going to cost and who is going to foot the bill?
Speaking of bills, who is going to pay for the vaccine? Are we going to have to pay out of pocket? Is the government going to pick up the bill? Like they’re supposed to be doing for the COVID-19 testing but sometimes aren’t? How much is this vaccine going to cost?
Unless everyone gets the vaccine, expect to need to keep wearing a facemask for the next several years. Because even if this vaccine were made available to every human being on Earth, you are always going to have your “never vaxers” and you are always going to have someone who is not going to be able to get the vaccine because of an underlying health condition. Just like there are people who cannot receive the flu vaccine. These are people you have to keep in mind. In order to completely ditch the masks, every single living soul would need to get this vaccine. Also, news flash: it’s a vaccine, not a cure. The best result I’ve heard so far is Moderna’s at 94.5 percent. That’s still not one-hundred percent. Just as with the flu vaccine, you could get the COVID-19 vaccine and still get COVID-19.
So, yes, let’s get excited for a vaccine. It’s great that they are coming. Most of us will probably not be able to get one until this time next year. If we’re lucky. But understand the reality about these vaccines and that although they may help with backing off COVID-19, they are not a cure all.