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Dr. Fauci Says Who's Getting the COVID Vaccine Next

These will be the first people to be injected with the COVID-19 vaccine. 
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

On Monday morning, Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine made its debut in the United States. "I feel like healing is coming," said the recipient of the first known clinically authorized vaccination, Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens. "I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history." While millions of Americans are eager to line up and get their initial shot, most will have to wait—some possibly only until later this month, and the majority until the spring. So who is in line to be amongst the first to receive it? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared on News 12's The New Normal and revealed who is going to be vaccinated during the initial phases. Read on to find out those included, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Frontline Healthcare Workers Will be First

According to Dr. Fauci, the highly anticipated vaccine will first be administered to healthcare workers. Next, "the ones that have a more likely chance of getting a severe outcome" if infected with COVID-19. They include the "vulnerable people, the elderly individuals with underlying conditions, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, individuals with those types of diseases," he explained. "In addition, people who are immunocompromised, for example cancer patients who are on chemotherapy and a variety of autoimmune patients who might have suppressed immune response," will also be part of the initial phases.

Fauci also added that pregnant women and children will not be administered the vaccine until it has been tested on those populations. "We want to make sure we don't put them at an increased risk. So you wait until you show safety and efficacy in a normal adult population," he explained, revealing that testing in those groups will likely begin early in 2021. 

The only group who should avoid the vaccine completely? A "very, very small group," those who suffer from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a "reaction, which is a rare neurological reaction to either influenza or the vaccine for influenza," he explained. "We recommend that those people do not get vaccinated because you might trigger a similar, serious response." Also discuss the vaccine with your doctor if you have a history of severe allergic reactions. Two medical workers in the U.K. with a history of allergic reactions had an "adverse" reaction to the vaccine, leading to U.K. to advise those with a history of severe allergic reactions not take it. Here in America, the FDA says "you should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine if you: 

  • had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine 
  • had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine."

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