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Dr. Fauci Just Announced When You Can Get Your Vaccine

“Open season” for vaccines will be here soon enough, he says in a new interview.
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Doctor Anthony Fauci

For over a year, Americans have been impatiently waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the FDA. Now that it is here, it is being administered to priority groups first, with the rest of the country left wondering when it will be their turn. During a Friday interview on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed when everybody will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Read on to find out when—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci Says By July, There Will be Enough Vaccine for "Virtually Anyone"

Dr. Fauci explained that the process of vaccination was pre-determined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, who made the recommendations of the priority of vaccination. "We started off with healthcare providers, people in nursing homes, then we went to essential members of society together with others, for example, who are elderly and then others who have underlying conditions," he said. 

While those groups are still waiting for their turn, "once you get past the priorities, then you can essentially say anybody who's, anybody can just get vaccinated," he revealed. "I referred to that to make people understand it as 'open season'—no matter who you are, you can get a vaccine."

He continued to point out that "when you have enough vaccines to do that, then you're going to see a great surge in the number of people who get vaccinated."

So when will it be "open season," as Dr. Fauci calls it? "That's what's going to happen as we go from April to May to June. And then hopefully by July, we'll be at that point where we have enough vaccine for virtually everyone." 

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

Until then, it is just as important than ever to follow Fauci's fundamentals to protect yourself and others and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.