In what has been a sea of negative press clippings (do we even have “press clippings” anymore), we might finally be seeing the initial signs of an end to to our country’s suffering under this pandemic. New research suggests that the vaccines we have been waiting for are even more effective at preventing illness than initially thought, and especially effective at preventing death!
How Effective Are COVID-19 Vaccines?
The effectiveness of vaccines is measured by it’s efficacy. Many of the more promising vaccines promise an efficacy of over 90%, with Pfizer coming in a 95% and Moderna at 94%. This doesn’t mean that out of 100 people, 95 will be protected, it’s actually a much greater percentage than that.
95% efficacy means you have a 95% lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than the unvaccinated population. In other words, you are 20 times less likely to get COVID!
The numbers look even better when you take hospitalizations into account, which is the primary predictor of COVID deaths. In Israel, of the over 700,000 citizens who were fully inoculated, only 16 contracted a bad case of the disease and required hospitalization. That is an incredible statistic!
The End Is Nigh Thanks to the COVID-19 Vaccine
It’s been a rocky few years for us as a nation, especially the fallout from our pathetic governmental response and the anti-democratic spectacle we witnessed on January 6th. If we are to pull our economy, and indeed our country, out of the rut we have found ourselves trapped within, this vaccine could be a first step towards everyone being on the same page.
The challenges we face are too big to be overcome by an individual or a party, we must stand together (but not too close). Let’s believe is science and reason again, with the medical marvel of our highly effective COVID-19 vaccines being the first stone on the path towards a prosperous and more equitable future!
When Can I Get The COVID-19 Vaccine?
There is a detailed schedule identifying who can get the COVID-19 vaccine and when. Look to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Distribution plan on Pima.gov . Not high on the list? Best thing you can do is keep social distancing until you can get vaccinated. Here are a few ideas on things you can do: movies, books, streaming shows.