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Dr. Fauci Says When "Anyone" Can Get Their Vaccine

Your turn to get the vaccine is coming up.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci

Since the start of the pandemic, the world eagerly awaited the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine. Now that there are two currently available, the question on many people’s mind is: When will it be my turn to get vaccinated? During a Thursday appearance on Today, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed to Savannah Guthrie exactly when that will be. 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

As We Get Into April, “Anybody” Should be Able to Get Their Vaccine, Says Fauci

According to Dr. Fauci, expect the vaccine to be more widespread in the spring. “As we get into March and April, the number of available doses will allow for much more of a mass vaccination approach, which is really much more accelerated than what you're seeing,” he explained. 

By then, production will be escalated with “pharmacies, community, vaccine centers, mobile units, really stepping up the pace of vaccination,” he predicted. “So I believe we're on target. We are on target of what the President said, and hopefully as we get into the early spring, we'll have a much greater acceleration of dosage.”

“I would imagine by the time we get to April, that will be what I would call for better wording, open season, virtually everybody—in anybody—in any category could start to get vaccinated from then on,” he continued.

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We Still Won’t Have Herd Immunity for Some Time

However, for herd immunity to be achieved, it will take a little bit longer. “It would likely take several more months just logistically to get vaccine into people's arms so that hopefully as we get into the middle and end of the summer, we could have accomplished the goal of what we're talking about. Namely, the overwhelming majority of people in this country, having gotten vaccinated,” he said. 

So follow Fauci's fundamentals 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.