The vaccine alone will not be the “perfect fix”. You will still need to practice other precautions, like wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing — until public health officials say otherwise.
At Oak Street Health, keeping our patients healthy is our top priority, and we recommend that our patients get the COVID-19 vaccine, and continue social distancing, as well as wearing a mask whenever possible.
What vaccines are available?
At this time, there are two companies that requested an EAU (Emergency Use Authorization) for their vaccine: Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna. Both vaccines have shown to be highly effective (well over 90%) in their phase 3 trials, with limited adverse events.
There are at least 10 other vaccines in phase 3 trials at this time, and we expect more vaccines to become available in the coming months.
Scientists had already begun research for coronavirus vaccines, which allowed for rapid development. Previous outbreaks caused by coronaviruses, like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) increased scientific investments in coronavirus vaccine research more than 15 years ago.
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