According to WSAV in Savannah, Georgia, COVID-19 vaccines has become official and could begin distribution in the coming weeks.
The Department of Defense released images of a COVID-19 vaccine record card and vaccination kits on Wednesday.
“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition Dr. Kelly Moore told CNN.
According to the CDC, two doses of vaccine every 21 or 28 days will be needed for most COVID-19 vaccine products. Since the products are not interchangeable, a recipient’s second dose must be from the same manufacturer as the first dose.
The record would then most likely be required by businesses and services to be shown before entering establishments to shop, dine, get a haircut, etc. The same could be the case for hotels and airlines to require proof of vaccination, although there were no significant outbreaks on planes and hotels.
The need for a vaccine seems quite absurd. Immunity in recovered patients is very positive. Studies show that patients who acquired COVID-19 demonstrate that while antibodies have the initial response, a long-term response from T&B memory cells in the immune system is found durable and protects from reinfection.
Then why would someone with strong immunity need to have a vaccine? The CDC, researchers, and testing companies need to work on an accurate test for commercial use to check the response.
Also, some people are immune for a long time based on exposure to other coronaviruses. A commercially available test should be administered to recovered patients before vaccination to check if necessary.
Further, Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla told Dateline NBC that the company is still uncertain if the vaccine prevented COVID-19 from the transmission, and said, “This is something that needs to be examined.”
According to the CDC, people not infected with COVID-19 are not primary infection drivers. A recent study in China found 300 asymptomatic cases without transmission to nearly 2,000 of their close contacts.