The US government has provided a massive plan to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine later this year, or early in 2021 as the Coronavirus Pandemic continues.
The big news to come out of that report, which was issued to Congress, along with an accompanying playbook for states and local health departments, is that it will be free.
The plan includes a scenario where distribution begins later this year, or early in 2021. The Pentagon will be involved in distribution, and expectation at this point is that front-line workers will be among the first to get it.
The campaign is “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related vaccination responses,” according to the documentation issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The vaccine will require two doses, likely between 21 and 28 days apart. There could also be multiple vaccines available from different manufacturers.
The cost of the vaccine will be covered by billions spent by Congress earlier this year to help distribute such a drug to the US population.
It will be up to local governments to come up with plans for receiving and distributing any vaccines. At this point, states and cities have been given a month to submit plans.
However, there is a lot of skepticism about a vaccine. Mainly due to the fact that some believe the federal government is rushing it. As much as 70% of the population would need to be vaccinated, or have already gained immunity in order for it to be effective.
In an AP poll, 1 in 5 Americans said they would not get a coronavirus vaccine, and 31% said they were unsure.