Today and tomorrow Pfizer-BioNTech will distribute COVID vaccine to 145 facilities for distribution. About 500 more facilities will receive doses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If the Moderna vaccine is approved this week, many more doses will be distributed.
According to the official CDC guidance to the states, the first to receive the vaccine are health-care personnel — because of their exposure to the virus and their critical role of keeping the hospitals functioning — and residents and staff of nursing homes, as they account for nearly 40 percent of deaths from covid-19.
The next priorities may be essential workers (think of food, utilities, transportation, police and maybe teachers), then everyone with a preexisting condition like diabetes, heart problems or obesity, and older adults. These are provisional priority groups, based largely on federal recommendations. States will have the final say on who gets the shots and where they are administered. In Illinois, for instance, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said he would send the first vaccines to health-care workers in the counties with the highest death rates.
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Virginia is expected to get about 72,000 doses in the first set of Pfizer vaccines. If the Moderna vaccine is approved, the state could get a total of 550,000 doses before the end of the year. That is enough to vaccinate 6.5 percent of the state population.
The state has approximately 390,000 health-care workers and 97,000 nursing home residents and workers, and the number of doses expected in December is enough to give them a single dose by the end of the year. The vaccine requires a follow-up booster about three or four weeks after the first shot.
Find what’s expected in all states here.