NYC , 12/09/2020 / nynews /
Two vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – are close to releasing. Experts say both vaccines seem 95% successful. Right now, about 200 FDNY members are sick, about two percent of the force. Andrew Ansbro, the president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association said that he will encourage his members to get the COVID vaccine.
According to Ansbro, “It’s their choice. We are looking to have this off-duty and not in the firehouse, we don’t want to contaminate our members in the firehouses.” Ansbro also said, “Everybody understands first responders need access to it, we are advocating our members to get it.”
According to FDNY officials, members’ decisions won’t affect their service. In FDNY, there are around eleven thousand uniformed employees. The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, highlighted the importance of persuading the majority of the U.S. population to take the vaccine at a COVID-19 press conference in New York on Monday.
Two vaccines to be released Very Shortly
Ansbro said that a lack of knowledge fueled hesitancy among FDNY members to obtain the vaccine. There are two vaccines released within weeks. Pfizer and Moderna called for approval to start selling vaccines for emergency use. On Thursday, the FDA will review the Pfizer submission
An internal FDNY order states that the firefighters are not necessary to vaccinate. The order advises that workers take the overall benefits of being vaccinated into consideration. The FDNY survey results are similar to previous national surveys. In a late October study by the Gallup Panel, 58% of Americans were eager to get the vaccine. The outcomes of polls are like how people feel when they are having the flu vaccine, Medical experts suggested.
The UFA suggested that the new vaccine delivery standard of the department is ineffective. Firehouses will currently be withdrawn from operations and transported to a central site. Ansbro said the union would focus on training firefighters for the department. The United States records an average of almost 2,200 deaths for COVID per day. The overall national mortality rate of COVID-19 is now 2,171 on a national basis. In the last month, this figure has risen by 139%.
For more than a month, the US has reported more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases every day. General Surgeon Jerome Adams urges Americans to take the pandemic of coronavirus seriously.
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