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CDC says COVID-19 vaccines will be free, likely require two injections

The federal government Wednesday outlined a plan to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans.

News 12 Staff

Sep 17, 2020, 1:15 AM

Updated 1,348 days ago

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The federal government Wednesday outlined a plan to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans.
"I think there will be vaccine that will initially be available sometime between November and December," said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield.
Redfield addressed a Senate panel Wednesday laying out version 1.0 of the CDC's playbook on how to push out a COVID-19 vaccine when it's approved.
The vaccine, he says, would be free, adding they are working to ensure that's the case for all Medicare recipients and uninsured people, as well as anyone covered by insurance at their jobs.
The deputy chief medical officer at Northwell Health says it will likely require a booster.
"Meaning it's two injections, a certain period of time apart, probably about a month but we are waiting for that information," said Dr. Mark Jarrett.
Jarrett says health care workers will likely be the first group to get the vaccine followed by first responders and essential workers.
Redfield says the vaccine will probably be available to the general American public "at late second quarter, third quarter 2021."
News 12 asked viewers whether they'd be comfortable getting the coronavirus vaccine.
Frank Raffa tweeted, "When my doctor says it's okay" meanwhile Steven Robinson said "After a year or two."
For most vaccines, people will need two doses, 21 to 28 days apart. Any double dose vaccines will have to come from the same drugmaker.
There could be several vaccines from different manufacturers if approved and available.


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