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When will seniors get Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is proclaiming an staggering efficacy rate that’s far higher than the latest flu shot, according to company and federal data.

They are saying vaccine is 90 percent effective;  Pfizer announced Monday — which is far above the average efficacy of the seasonal flu shot, which was 29 percent effective in the 2018-2019 influenza season, according to the CDC.

In the 2015-2016 flu season, the flu vaccine was 48 percent effective, but that number dropped to 40 percent in 2016-2017, 38 percent in 2017-2018 and 29 percent in 2018-2019, CDC data shows.

The flu vaccine numbers from the 2019-2020 flu season show the latest vaccine was 39 percent effective; This mean only 39 percent of people who were vaccinated in 2019-2020 didn’t catch the flu.

Pfizer’s efficiency rate of 90 percent means the a staggering majority of those who received the shot developed antibodies within 28 days, which will fight off the virus, the company said.

A study published Thursday, found antibody immunity lasts at least six months and scientists are debating whether a COVID-19 vaccine will need to be administered annually like the influenza boost. However; A 90 percent effectiveness rate is substantially above the 50 percent required for a coronavirus vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration and is inching closer to the high rates of immunity offered by the measles and polio vaccines.

Pfizer will have 50 million doses of the vaccine ready by the end of 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses available in 2021, the company said.

The military is working with Pfizer to coordinate distribution, because you have to store the vaccine at 70 degrees below zero.

It looks like senior care companies like assisted living facilities and home care agencies are in good shape to be first in line to get the vaccine. Front line health care workers are proposed for phase 1 and seniors in phase 2.

A TIERED APPROACH

The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has proposed a five-phase plan to fairly allocate a coronavirus vaccine to US residents.

Phase 1

Health-care workers and first responders (5%)

Phase 2

People with underlying conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19 disease or death, and older adults in densely populated settings (10%)

Phase 3

Essential service workers at high risk of exposure, teachers and school staff, people in homeless shelters and prisons, older adults who have not already been treated and people with underlying conditions that put them at moderate risk (30–35%)

Phase 4

Young adults, children and essential service workers at increased risk of exposure (40–45%)

Phase 5

All remaining residents (5–15%)

Note: Phases 1 and 2 might occur in tandem. Per cent is the percentage of the US population to receive a vaccine. Source: NASEM

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