The coronavirus COVID-19 is surging in the U.S., which has reported more than 15 million cases and 286,000 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
President-elect Joe Biden has said the incoming administration will ensure the country will have 100 million doses available during his first 100 days in office.
But the U.S. doesn’t have 100 million doses yet.
The U.S. is anticipated to get 40 million doses of the vaccines, both of which must be given twice for full effectiveness, by the end of 2020.
State officials in some states have said they anticipate prioritizing people at greater risk for contracting the disease, including elderly people and healthcare workers.
Regardless of how you feel about the vaccine, there are a great number of people who want to get the vaccine.
So if you want to get it or if your loved ones want to get it, how can you get it?
The New York Times has created a vaccine calculator that gives an educated guess (a “guess-timate” if you will) that gives you a look at where you stand in the long list of people who want to take the vaccine.
Use the Vaccine Calculator here.
The NYT worked with the Surgo Foundation and Ariadne Labs using their vaccine tool to calculate the number of people who will need a vaccine in each state and county — and where you might fit in that line.
What We Know (so far)
What we do know is that while the CDC has outlined some suggested guidelines, states will ultimately decide on their own how the vaccine is dolled out.
Many states are struggling to