Vaccine Being Distributed. 💉 Here’s What To Expect…
Dear Rich Lifer,
This past Sunday, trucks and cargo planes loaded with the first of almost three million doses of the coronavirus vaccine dispersed across the country, as hospitals in all 50 states hurried to set up injection sites and workers anxiously tracked the life-changing shipment.
The very first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in America as of Monday, December 14.
This begins the next stage of the battle against coronavirus, the pandemic that has now claimed over 300,000 American lives.
We have seen dark days, and the vaccine roll out is by no means an excuse to claim victory over this deadly disease, but today we hold space for hope.
Today we will share with you what we know about the vaccine roll out and who the first recipients of the vaccine were.
We strive to strike a tone of optimism today, with the knowledge that although this nightmare is not over, and for many the effects of this pandemic will be felt for lifetimes to come, we can start to see a brighter future.
The Vaccine Takes On The Big Apple
Just after 9am on Monday morning, the vaccine was first administered in Queen, New York, signaling a hopeful step for a state that has been ravaged by Covid-19 leaving more than 35,000 people dead and severely weakening the economy.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, stated, “I believe this is the weapon that will end the war.”
Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, was one of the very first people in the U.S. to receive the vaccine. Lindsay, who is black, wanted to inspire others to get the vaccine and lead by example.
Black people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with hospitalization 3.7 times more likely than a white person and death 2.8 times more likely.
Lindsay stated, “I understand the mistrust among the minority community. I don’t ask people to do anything that I would not do myself, and so I was happy to volunteer to be among the first.”
As a nurse, Lindsay has been treating patients throughout the pandemic and hoped her public vaccination would provide the confidence others need to get vaccinated themselves. She went on to say:
I have no fear. I trust the science. My profession is deeply rooted in science. I trust science. What I don’t trust is getting Covid-19, because I don’t know how it will affect me and the people around me that I could potentially transfer the virus to… I have seen the alternative, and do not want it for you,” she said. “I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history.
Sweeping the Nation
New York was not the only state to begin vaccinations yesterday. Cameras across the country caught a myriad of applause and tears alike as injections continued at 600 sites in all 50 states.
“Today is the first day on the long road to go back to normal,” Mona Moghareh, a 30-year-old pharmacist, said after administering the first dose at a hospital in New Orleans.
The pent up emotion that was revealed at these vaccinations shines a light on a crucial moment in history; this is really the first step in getting past the pandemic.
The Pfizer vaccine requires two shots, administered 21 days apart, to be fully effective. The double dose has a 95% efficacy rate in people ages 16 and over.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he may be vaccinated in the next week or so stating, “I’m going to be available to get vaccinated publicly so that people can see that I feel strongly that this is something we should do, and hopefully that will encourage many more people to get vaccinated.”
This spirit of open encouragement was also exemplified by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar who said, “I want to get vaccinated as soon as possible and I want to do it on TV, because I want the American people to see my complete confidence in the integrity of the system.”
More Hopeful News
The incredible news regarding the Pfizer vaccine rollout is coupled with more good news regarding other Covid-19 vaccines.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today, Tuesday December 15, that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. was “highly effective.” The next step will be an emergency authorization, that will likely occur later this week, adding a second vaccine to combat the pandemic.
Their review of the 30,000 person study determined that the vaccine was 94.1% effective, thus confirming Moderna’s previous disclosure regarding the vaccine.
The FDA has posted online its findings analyzing the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. These findings will be presented to an independent advisory board who will then vote Thursday on whether to recommend authorization.
Unless something goes wrong, the Moderna vaccine could be approved for emergency use as soon as this coming Friday!
Ready for even more good news? Moderna’s analysis, posted by the FDA, also includes new data suggesting that the first dose of its vaccine can reduce infections that don’t cause symptoms.
If analysis of this finding proves to be true, it could mean that the vaccine not only protects individuals from disease, but also curbs transmission of the virus from person to person. Preventing asymptomatic infections and curbing viral transmission is absolutely key in ending the pandemic more rapidly.
William Schaffner, professor of health policy and preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, notes that “If we could demonstrate that they reduce transmission, that would accelerate the time when we can take off our masks and go back to a more normal semblance of life.”
We know we are all looking forward to that day, and hope this spurt of good news can serve as a reminder to stay optimistic as we continue this battle. In the meantime, reach out to a loved one to let them know you are there for them. If you have the means, consider a donation to a foodbank. Or, order delivery from a local business.
We will get through this together.
To a Richer Life,
The Rich Life Roadmap Team