SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – After the COVID-19 pandemic introduced the Bay Space and the world to its knees, reduction got here one yr in the past Tuesday, as the primary doses of the vaccine went into healthcare employees.
This time final yr, ICUs have been filling up with a post-Thanksgiving surge of COVID-19 sufferers. On December 14, 2020, the primary doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine went into arms to tears and applause.
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“I feel it was a very seminal second – after we all celebrated the fast improvement. We celebrated the science. We celebrated how a lot we had suffered to that time for all of these months,” Dr. Peter Chin-Hong of UCSF recalled.
As pictures trickled out of factories, onto cargo planes and into extremely chilly storage freezers, there was at first shortage — not sufficient pictures for everybody who needed them. Shortage of the doses within the spring was finally changed by hesitancy about doses in the summertime.
After that, got here the rise of the Delta variant, a improvement that broke the hearts of docs and nurses on the frontline and continues to.
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“Extra heartbreaking than one yr in the past, as a result of we didn’t have an answer out of it. However we do have an answer, it’s simply that not everyone is utilizing it,” Chin-Hong instructed KPIX 5.
With one other vacation season upon us and the looks of the Omicron variant, individuals instructed KPIX 5 that they do really feel safer than final winter.
“For positive. Being vaccinated, it undoubtedly helps,” stated Chantal Zahrendt.
With the rise of the brand new variant and waning immunity, Chin-Hong stated the time to get a booster is now, particularly in case you are over 65.
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“We’re seeing breakthrough infections turning into hospitalizations,” he stated.