We chat with UVic researcher Harley Gordon about the rollout of the COVID vaccine in BC next month and just how it will affect things moving forward.
On the afternoon of Dec. 3, BC's Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, stood at the podium she has spent countless hours speaking from since March and described the province's plans to start vaccinating an eager population. The initial vaccinations will likely begin in the first week of January of 2021, just weeks away—but the last shot will not be expected until September. With every new vaccine announcement, the light at the end of this 2020 tunnel gets a bit brighter. But it’s easy to forget that all around us, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are at an all-time high. The pandemic is not over, but one day it will be, and a vaccine will help make that happen. Doses at first will be limited—not everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to get it. To put it bluntly, there is still a long way to go. Last week on the Capital Daily, UVic research Harley Gordon penned an article going into more detail about the roll out of the vaccine, as well as discussing the different types that are out there, such as the Pfizer vaccine which is being rolled out in the UK as we speak. Host Ben Waterworth is joined by Harley to chat more about his article as well as just what this vaccine coming to BC means.