The plan to get the coronavirus vaccine to Florida

Pfizer announced today that they have a promising coronavirus vaccine candidate showing 90% effectiveness. They are now on track to apply for emergency authorization later in November. But who in Florida will have first access to this new vaccine?

Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio is a doctor with Millennium Physician Group. “That effective of 90% is certainly not heard in the majority of vaccines,” said Dr. Perez-Trepichio.

Florida has charted its COVID vaccine plan. The vaccine will go to healthcare workers, residents and staff of long term care facilities, and some essential workers.

As more doses become available, mass vaccination clinics could pop up for people who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or those 65 years and older. All of this before vaccinating the general public.

Dr. Bindu Mayi from Nova Southeastern University says Florida’s goal should be to vaccinate millions. “We need at least 75% of the community to be immune in order to stop the spread of the virus, to stop the chain of transmission. So that’s a fair chunk of the population,” said Dr. Mayi.

But how does mass vaccination work? “This is not a vaccine that in order to be successful will solely be distributed at health systems,” said Dr. Perez-Trepichio. “. I think we need to bring the vaccines to where the people are.”

Healthcare professionals agree that just because a vaccine is on the horizon, or even once it does become available, that we shouldn’t forget about wearing masks and social distancing.

“We have to do prevention while we still sort this out,” said Dr. Mayi.

This vaccine represents new challenges that others often do not. “The vaccine has to be preserved in a special conditions that are going to make the distribution a little bit of a challenge,” Dr. Perez-Trepichio said.

Reporter:Taylor Petras
Writer:Drew Hill
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