Recently two different pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna, announced the successes of their new COVID-19 vaccines. They are both expected to get FDA approval at some time this month. The excitement of the two vaccines has provided hope to many. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that we should have full stadiums by the time the Boise State Broncos take the field for the 2021 college football season.
Of course, that is all predicated on people actually taking the vaccine, which many people are skeptical of. The growing want and need for us to return to life as normal has changed many people's opinions about that. The order in which the vaccine will be distributed will be determined by each state. It is most likely that the most vulnerable population, such as the elderly as well as health care professionals, would get the vaccine first; however, some think that it should be those that are young and going out and potentially spreading the disease without knowing that they have it that should get the first shots.
Whatever the order determined by Governor Brad Little, it will very likely be met with some controversy. According to a recent survey conducted by MyBioSource.com, a biotech company, the average American would be willing to pay $460 to jump the line and be one of the first to receive the vaccine. However, Idahoans would be willing to pay up to $500 to be in the first wave of vaccine distribution. Would you be willing to pay a fee to jump ahead of health care workers and high-risk patients without feeling guilty?