Why Getting Vaccinated Doesn’t Mean You’re Done With COVID-19

In the current stage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the first and second doses are being supplied to health care workers and employees along with residents of long-term care facilities. As this stage comes to an end, the vaccine distribution will begin working its way into other groups of the Minnesota population in the upcoming months. Even with vaccination processes in full swing, many want to know when life will go back to the pre-pandemic normalcy that has been absent for months. In this article, Jill Foster, MD, Professor and Division Director with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota, discusses when life could return to normal, stating that it primarily depends on when we as a population achieve herd immunity. Dr. Foster also discusses some of the logistical issues and challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccine distribution and how life will eventually go back to normal, but when this happens is based on a variety of factors resulting in the answer that it is too soon to tell. To read the full article and Dr. Foster’s response to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and its impact both now and in the future, follow this link.