Dr. Fauci Says You Now May Not Be Able to Get Vaccinated Until This Date

The White House COVID adviser just had to reverse his earlier prediction.

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The vaccine rollout has had its fair share of mishaps and setbacks, with millions of Americans eagerly waiting for the chance to even sign up for a vaccine appointment. States are opening up eligibility to more and more groups, but the vaccine likely won't be available to the general public for some time. Unfortunately, that wait could be even longer than previously anticipated. White House COVID adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, has had to reverse his earlier vaccine rollout predictions, now estimating that the general public will be able to get vaccinated a little later. Read on to find out when he thinks you'll be able to get the shot, and for more on vaccine availability, This Is Who Can Get the Leftover Vaccine at Walgreens, CVS, & Walmart.

Dr. Fauci says most Americans may not be able to get vaccinated until May or June.

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During a Feb. 16 interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Fauci revealed a new estimated timeline for general public vaccinations: May or June. "That timeline will probably be prolonged, maybe into mid-to-late May and early June," Fauci told CNN. According to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those in the general public should be vaccinated last, following healthcare workers, those over the age of 65, other essential workers, and those with underlying medical conditions. And for advice from the infectious disease expert, Dr. Fauci Just Said This Is the Only Safe Way to Eat at a Restaurant.

The White House adviser had predicted the general public would be able to be vaccinated by April.

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Fauci had previously given an earlier estimate for this timeline, saying that those in the general public would be eligible for vaccination by the end of April. However, according to Fauci, this was based on information surrounding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that has since changed.

"If you start talking about when vaccine would be more widely available to the general population, I was hoping that that would be by the end of April," he told CNN. "That was predicated on J&J, the Johnson product, having considerably more doses than now we know they’re going to have." Per CNN, Johnson & Johnson will have fewer than 10 million vaccine doses ready to ship if they are approved for emergency-use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before the end of February. And for more on this single-shot vaccine, These Are the Side Effects of the New Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.

Fauci also says it will take months to vaccinate most Americans.

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Vaccine eligibility may be opened up in May and June, but that doesn't mean most people will get vaccinated right away. According to Fauci, it will take a "few months" to actually get the rollout really going once the shots are available to everyone. "Let's say, in May, vaccines are going to be widely available to almost anybody—May, June. But it may take until June, July, and August to finally get everyone vaccinated," Fauci said. That means the ability to get an estimated 75 percent of Americans vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity most likely will not happen until "well into the end of the summer and we get in the early fall," he added. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Each state has vaccinated less than 20 percent of its population.

A COVID-19 vaccination record card with a vile of vaccine and a syringe.
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According to The New York Times, vaccination numbers remain relatively low in each state. No state has vaccinated more than 20 percent of its population, with Alaska vaccinating the highest percentage so far at 18 percent. Even with that in mind, Fauci said that as long as problems with vaccine supply do not occur, most Americans should be vaccinated by the end of the summer and early fall. However, supply issues remain a real possibility, as the country has already seen significant hold-ups. In late January, a number of states reported that they were running out of vaccine supply and were forced to cancel appointments. And while much of that was the result of confusion amid the transition between presidential administrations, some locations are still experiencing vaccine shortages. The Los Angeles Times reported that some Los Angeles vaccination sites had to turn people away on Feb. 11 after running out of vaccine doses sooner than expected. And for more coronavirus news, If You're Layering These Masks, the CDC Says to Stop Immediately.

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Kali Coleman
Kali is an assistant editor at Best Life. Read more
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