Will there be enough vaccines to vaccinate everyone?

There will be enough vaccines for everyone, but it will take some time. There are limited vaccine doses available right now, but the federal government is actively working with vaccine manufacturers to increase production. As other vaccines are authorized, even more doses will be available to the public.

States are responsible for vaccine distribution. Until large amounts are available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines to states on who should receive the vaccine first. Most states are following these guidelines.

The CDC has recommended vaccinating people in stages, based on their risk category:

  • Phase 1A:
    • Healthcare personnel
    • Long-term care residents, including senior citizens in nursing homes.
  • Phase 1B:
    • Essential workers like first responders, corrections officers, food workers, postal service workers, manufacturing plant workers, public transit workers, and educational staff including teachers and administrators.
    • People over the age of 75.
  • Phase 1C:
    • People between the ages of 65 and 74.
    • People between the ages of 16 and 64 with pre-existing conditions.
    • Other essential workers including people in the logistics, transportation, food, home building, public safety, public health, or media sectors.
  • Phase 2:
    • The general public.

Most states have websites that outline in detail who can currently receive a Covid-19 vaccine in that state, and where they can get it. People are encouraged to go to their state or county website as many have a feature where you can enter your information and receive updates when your group is eligible for a vaccine.

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