Infectious disease expert, who we not-so-affectionately refer to as “Dr. Doom,” because of his oh so sunny disposition, stated on Thursday that he predicts it will be “open season” for COVID-19 vaccinations in April for “anyone” in the general population.
“I would imagine by the time we get to April, that will be what I would call for [a lack of] better wording, ‘open season.’ Namely, virtually everybody and anybody in any category could start to get vaccinated,” Fauci told the hosts of NBC’s Today show.
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President Biden’s chief medical adviser, however, cautioned that after that, “it would likely take several more months, just logistically, to get vaccine into people’s arms.”
“By the time we get to April, that will be what I would call open season,” Dr. Anthony Fauci says about the timeline for vaccination availability for all groups to begin getting shots. pic.twitter.com/BMGD3YSVex
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 11, 2021
Residents in many states who aren’t deemed to be high risk have been at the back of the line to receive COVID-19 shots since the immunizations started to get emergency authorizations in the United States late last year. Among those prioritized to get the vaccines are older adults and healthcare personnel.
Fauci estimated that between 75% and 80% of the population will need to procure injections before the country reaches herd immunity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 65,972,575 doses of the vaccine have been distributed, and of those, 44,769,970 have been administered, equating to roughly 15% of the U.S. population.
The Biden administration had announced a goal of getting 100 million coronavirus vaccines before the end of his first 100 days the White House ended. That’s a rather lofty goal.
But still, this is a vaccine that remains largely untested as far as long-term side effects go. It’ll be interesting to see how many people actually go get the vaccine once it is made available to the general public.