The widespread availability of effective COVID-19 vaccines currently allows for recalibration of our public health approach and processes.
With the widespread availability of effective COVID-19 vaccines, collective consequences like the incidence of and need for hospitalization due to severe symptoms is greatly reduced for fully vaccinated individuals, and local and national data bears this out.
And, it was these constraints that helped to drive the need for vaccine development, implementation and uptake.
With widespread vaccine availability, the COVID-19 disease process has now become much more like that for other illnesses. Those who opt to forego vaccination are likeliest to experience individual consequences. That's why those with concerns about their own health and safety are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in order to reduce their risk.
Moreover, vaccination supports those in our community who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons. If most of us opt to get vaccinated, we’re helping all of those who would like to but cannot.
Arthur Pancioli, M.D.
COVID Response Team
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
UC College of Medicine