State-by-State Guide to COVID Vaccine Information
December 24, 2020 – People wanting to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will need to be patient.
Although some politicians and celebrities have already received the vaccine, distribution to the public will take longer. Each state has set priorities as to who gets the vaccine first, based on recommendations from the federal government. Currently, states are rolling out the vaccine in categories based on need.
Healthcare workers and people living in nursing homes are the top priority and they started receiving the vaccine in mid-December. People aged 75 and over, along with essential workers such as first responders, will be next. Adults between 65 and 75 years old and younger people (between 16 and 64 years old) at high risk, as well as other essential workers, will receive the vaccine in the next phase.
Assuming there is enough vaccine to circulate after that, anyone will be able to get one, possibly in late spring or early summer. From now on, the vaccine will be available to the public at most drugstore chains like CVS, Walgreens and others; as well as in-store pharmacies at Costco, Kroger, Target, Publix, HEB and other national and regional chains.
Experts suggest checking the websites of state public health departments regularly for information. Some states offer vaccine safety information, details of who is eligible for vaccines now, and ways to sign up for COVID-19 alerts and vaccines. These websites are listed below.
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