Philadelphia and other cities across the country could receive the long-awaited coronavirus vaccine as early as next week, according to officials. If Pfizer’s shot is granted an emergency use authorization, or EUA, the immunization will become available to a fraction of the population at first. Frontline health-care workers will be the first to be innoculated, followed by nursing homes, and potentially jails. It has yet to be federally approved, and Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says that residents remain safer at home.
Philadelphia has seen a spike in cases since the Thanksgiving holiday, as expected. Statewide, Pennsylvania reported more than 10,000 new cases of the virus for the fourth time in the last 6 days. Governor Tom Wolf warns that hospitals could be overwhelmed amid the surges.
The Pfizer vaccine will require two doses over the course of a few weeks. Trial participants alert the public that side effects can be intense after the second dose.