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  • Celeste Smith

CDC Asks State Officials To Prepare To Distribute A Potential COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control has asked state officials to prepare to distribute a potential vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as late October.

The week of August 27, the CDC sent three planning documents to public health officials with guidance for a possible vaccine, that same week CDC Director, Robert Redfield sent a letter asking governors to fast-track permits and licenses so that vaccine distribution sites can be operating by November 1.

Some Meridian residents shared that they are glad to hear the CDC has released guidance for a possible COVID-19 vaccination to health officials.

“I think it’s a great idea, because I’m tired of wearing a mask, and I think the quicker we get rid of it, the quicker everything goes back to normal,” said Katelyn Palmer, glad to hear the CDC has released guidance to health officials regarding a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I do have a little concern about the vaccination being out and how they’re going to be administering it, and who gets it, but I think its time, like we do need some kind of protection. So, I’m not sure on that. Its just, still needed –especially for our children, everybody that’s out and about, we want to make sure we are covered, we are safe, and we are doing our part too as far as self-care. I’m a little excited about it, but still nervous, because we are not just sure hot it’s going to help,” said Latoya Griggs, glad to hear the CDC has released guidance to health officials regarding a COVID-19 vaccine.

One resident shared, that she is disappointed the vaccination has not yet been released.

“They should have rushed it, and didn’t wait until November, they should have been –before we had the first death, they should have been had it out,” said Lawanda Anderson, disappointed a COVID-19 vaccination has not yet been released.

Another stated that she does not plan to get the vaccine as soon as it is released to the public.

“I’m still concerned about those adverse effects, I probably would not be the first to go, and get it, but it is going –they’re going to have to test some people, they’re going to have to be able to at least see if the vaccination is going to work and help. A lot of people have suffered and died, and we do need something, we just don’t know what it is,” said Griggs.

Although the Centers for Disease Control has released documents asking public health officials across the county to be prepared for distribution of a possible vaccination for the coronavirus within 2 months, it is not certain a vaccine will be available at that time.