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COVID-19 Vaccine Development

posted on Friday, December 18, 2020

The nation is beginning to talk in greater detail about the end of the pandemic (halleluiah!). However, the road to get there still has many challenges.
First, let's talk about just a few of the current challenges.
  • Doctors predict we will see a surge on top of our current surge with the holidays. This will especially challenge our hospitals where capacity and pure exhaustion is already worrisome. This further poses a threat to those at high risk or who see complications from the virus. 
  • Reported virus numbers will likely be delayed due to the holidays.
  • People are tired of the pandemic and want to return to their normal before truly advised to do so.
What does this mean for us? Over the next couple of weeks it's very important we follow all recommended community recommendations. We've come this far. Let’s stay strong. We can do this.
Now, let's talk about how we work our way out of the pandemic.
While there's still a lot we don't know about ending the pandemic, we do know that just like reducing the spread of the virus, it will take all of us coming together to truly end the pandemic.
On December 11, the FDA officially authorized the Pfizer's vaccine for emergency use. And, Moderna received its approval not long after.
Scientists believe the COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool when combined with following CDC recommendations to help stop the pandemic. As more information continues to come out, we'll work to offer you sources for education and information. As the vaccine becomes available, consult your primary healthcare professional to determine your best course of action.
Safety is Our Top Priority in Vaccine Development
From the CDC: "We understand that some people may be concerned about getting vaccinated once a COVID-19 vaccine is available in the United States. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. Safety is a top priority, and there are many reasons/benefits to get vaccinated."
The Vaccine Timeline
Initial shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine are making their way into our area. These first shipments of vaccines will be very small and prioritized for people in high risk groups. As more vaccines become available, those groups will broaden until anyone who wants to receive the vaccine can get it.
EPI is actively working with public policy officials to ensure our workforce and persons served are a top priority when it comes to offering the vaccine. Now's a good time to start having conversations with persons served and their supports to make a plan when the vaccine becomes available.
Learn More About the Vaccine 
Thank you for your continued efforts to slow the spread of this virus. We wish you continued good health.