Early on in the pandemic, some experts feared we would have to wait years for a vaccine. Thankfully, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently in the process of approving the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use authorization—so a vaccine may actually arrive before the end of the year. That doesn’t mean you’ll be first in line to get it, however. So, when will it be your turn? The New York Times has created a database that will help you determine when you will be able to get the COVID vaccine. Keep reading to find out more about your personal timeline, and for more on the vaccine, These Are the Only People Who Shouldn’t Get the COVID Vaccine.
Working with the Surge Foundation and Ariadne Labs, The New York Timescreated an interactive calculator to help determine the number of people who will need a vaccine in each state and county. By entering your age, county, profession, and COVID-related health risks, you can find out where you are in “line” for the vaccine.
For instance, a 25-year-old adult with no COVID-related health risks who is not a heath care worker, essential worker, first responder, or teacher falls in line behind 144.1 million American people. In comparison, a 65-year-old adult who has COVID-related health risks and lives in a nursing home or long-term care facility falls in line behind 17 million Americans.
With your location inputted, the tool can also estimate with more specificity where you fall in line when it comes to your county and state.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on Dec. 1 to recommend a timeline for the vaccine rollout. Staring with health care workers, the general public will most likely be the last to receive the COVID vaccine.
That theoretical 25-year-old adult with no COVID-related health risks falls so far back in line because they will be the last to get the vaccine. To find out who might be in front of you in line, keep reading, and for more on the rollout, You Should Be Able to Get a COVID Vaccine by This Month, Dr. Fauci Says.