A Vaccine Update

By: Jack Madden

The one question that every American is asking these days is “when can I get the vaccine?” Well, it depends on age, residency, occupation, and health conditions. As of the time of writing, most Americans can get the two shots of vaccine if he/she is a medical professional, front-line worker (teacher, etc.), have pre-existing health conditions or over the age of 65. However, the Biden Presidency has said that most of the regular population would be able to get the vaccine in April, with it likely being pushed back to May. However, for people under the age of 18, options get very limited. People aged 16 and over can get the Pfizer vaccine, and people 18 and older can get any vaccine. However, people under the age of 16 cannot get any vaccine due to no medical trials being performed on this age group. The good news is that trials on five-year-olds to 16-year-olds on both vaccines are being administered to monitor the efficacy and safety of the vaccine on these groups. However, these trials will end by the beginning of the next school year, September 2021, meaning that the future of school learning for the coming 2021 to 2022 cycle is unknown as of yet. However, many if not most teachers, in this very school, have gotten either their first or second dose of the vaccine, meaning they are no longer susceptible to the virus. As with anything during these trying times, everything is hazy and unforeseen; however, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we just don’t know how long the tunnel is.

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