Now that authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been created, you have probably heard of some people you know receiving them. In California, it is expected to have enough supplies to vaccinate all Californians by the summer of 2021. You must get two doses of the vaccine for it to be effective and California has made a plan for the accessibility of the vaccine. Phase 1A of those receiving the vaccine will include healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Phase 1B Part One will include those who are 75 years and older and those at risk of exposure in a work setting (schools, emergency services, and food). Phase 1B Part Two is for those who are 65-74 years old, people at risk of exposure in a work setting (commercial, residential, manufacturing), and some homeless people. Finally Phase 1C will be people between 50 and 64 years old, 16-49 year olds who have underlying health conditions, and people at risk of exposure in a work setting (water, energy, hazardous materials, financial services, government operations). Usually it takes the vaccine a few weeks to do its full job. There are some side effects, which are normal so do not freak out if you have a sore arm/chills/headache. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are about 95% efficient at preventing symptoms of COVID-19. Almost 6.6 million people in the United States have received their first dose (as of January 8). Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been proven to be safe, however if you are allergic to any ingredients within the vaccine it is best to not get vaccinated.
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