At Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, 10 vaccination stations have already been set up in a hallway, with temporary partitions. Hospital staff would get their Covid-19 vaccines there when doses arrive.
“I just feel like it’s a beginning of the end of this crazy pandemic, and it’s … nice to see it, frankly,” an RUMC respiratory therapist, Brady Scott, told CNN Friday. “It feels like a moment (where) we’re going to turn the curve and we’re going to get back to normal.”
It’s likely the US won’t see any meaningful, widespread impacts from vaccinations until well into 2021. But just how quickly the country can recover depends on how quickly Americans get vaccinated — and how many people are willing to get the vaccine.
“If we have a smooth vaccination program where everybody steps to the plate quickly, we could get back to some form of normality, reasonably quickly. Into the summer, and certainly into the fall,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN Thursday.
“My hope and my projection is that if we get people vaccinated en masse so that we get that large percentage of the population, as we get into the fall, we can get real comfort about people being in schools, safe in school — be that K-12, or college,” he added.
States and communities ramp up social restrictions
While the country anxiously awaits the first Covid-19 vaccine authorization, local and state leaders are responding to rising case rates by ramping up or extending social restrictions.