BENNINGTON | On Dec. 15, Trey Dobson, M.D., the chief medical officer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, provided the news media with added details about the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont.
Dobson listed 10 facts for Vermonters to be aware of:
1: As Pfizer and Moderna apply for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the vaccine is (already in) Vermont.
2: Vermont expects to receive an initial supply of vaccine to cover around 6,000 people with additional vaccine arriving at least weekly.
3: The first to be vaccinated will be frontline workers, including those working with sick patients in the hospital and acute care settings followed by other healthcare workers and first responders.
4: Also in Phase 1 are older adults living in congregant settings and people of all ages with underlying conditions that put them at high risk.
5: The complete list of who will be vaccinated and in what priority continues to be developed at the federal, state, and local levels. It is based on each group’s risk of contracting COVID-19 and its vulnerabilities.
6: Health workers are preparing to administer the vaccine in the same way they gave flu shots throughout October... As time passes, the COVID-19 vaccination will be available at your provider’s office.
7: As with other vaccines, a small percentage of individuals may experience a brief period of fatigue, myalgia, and headache.
8: When we take the production capabilities of each of the 10 candidate vaccines into account, it is possible that almost everyone who would like a vaccine will be vaccinated by the fall of 2021.
9: The vaccine will end the pandemic in 2021 in some countries. COVID-19 will continue as a disease similar to the many other infectious diseases in society, disproportionately affecting the vulnerable.
10: There are still unknowns, like how long the protection will last and how often we will need to be revaccinated. Experts trust that science will answer those questions, once the data is available.
Note: Dobson said that, like many other Vermont facilities, SVMC does not have the COVID-19 vaccine yet, and is not collecting names of individuals to receive the vaccine.
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