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"How Long Until the COVID-19 Vaccine Gets to the General Public?"

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Timothy Brewer UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Paul Simon, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and chief science officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, about California’s plan to rollout millions of immunizations

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Now that the federal government has given emergency authorization for the first COVID-19 vaccine, how long will it take to get it to the general public?

Many details are still being worked out, and how the vaccine will be distributed across California will depend on state and federal guidance.

But experts say it will probably be spring, and possibly summer or even fall, before the vaccine is available to healthy people who are not essential workers or in other high-risk groups. The first batch of doses will go to front-line healthcare workers with direct exposure to the virus and residents of long-term care facilities, followed by other specific at-risk groups.