Looks like it's going really well. Greg (infectious disease specialist) echoed 60 Minutes' reporting that it's not unreasonable to think that most Americans will have both vaccines (it's a two-step process, 28 days apart) by early summer. That sounds overly ambitious to me, but I'm hoping!So, do we think that the pfizer vaccination is what will bring us closer to normality at some point next year?
Right, as there will inevitably be those who can't get to a vaccination site. But "most Americans" will.I can't imagine the logistics in remote parts of the US, let alone third-world countries, behind the distribution given the vaccine candidate's ultra-cold storage requirement (-112 F).
Here, if kids are out sick for any reason they have to have a negative test to return to the classroom. So a migraine headache or food poisoning means a test is required, even if there are symptoms a few hours after onset. Otherwise they have to remain out for 14 days.This is particularly problematic for kids in school and daycare settings.
Each hospital/clinic/community is going to have an individualized plan. It will absolutely be a challenge for all the reasons you mention. We are going to have widening health disparity issues in the distribution of a vaccine in this country.That's part of the logistical challenge of this Pfizer vaccine that I'm trying to wrap my head around. You have hospitals nearing capacity, banning visitation, but also they're the only ones with the ultra-cold temp infrastructure to store the vaccines for hundreds of thousands of people in their community? Who are the people on the ground actually administering the vaccine? In some states they're calling in health care workers who are currently out with COVID because they're so understaffed. Does every community have some untapped pool of nurses that can do nothing but administer vaccines 24/7 for 2-3 months (or more)?
I wish we had the testing capacity and community buy-in for a similar policy. Right now it is hard enough to get a test, if this were the policy, a large segment of people would send their kids to school no matter what to avoid an automatic out for 14 days.Here, if kids are out sick for any reason they have to have a negative test to return to the classroom. So a migraine headache or food poisoning means a test is required, even if there are symptoms a few hours after onset. Otherwise they have to remain out for 14 days.
Wow! That makes our mask and testing resistant residents here look like amateurs.I can't tell you the last time I felt empathy for a person the way I did tonight for that poor superintendent.
The board at the end decided to "listen" to him and "meet him half way" by voting that IF a student has been in close contact for an extended period of time with someone that has tested positive at the school, then yes, those students can be excluded from school for 7 days (not 14 like the CDC says) but then can come back. However apparently this is a huge ask, those students then must wear a mask for another 7 days. But only if they are within 6 feet of someone.