This tool can show you when you may be allowed to get a COVID-19 vaccine


(KMOX) - The first doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech were administered in early December and it's beginning to be shot into the arms of more Americans.

If you're not a health care employee or another essential worker, it's unclear exactly when you will be able to get in line for your own dose. But a tool created by ABC News may help you figure out when.

CLICK HERE to use the tool

States have released their specific plans for vaccinating people who fall into certain groups. Click to see the plans for Missouri, Illinois and all other states.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar were among those receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning during a vaccination kickoff event at the National Institutes of Health.

"I'm very pleased and honored to be here today," Dr. Fauci said.

Public health experts have indicated that, while they expect that the vaccine will be available in 2021 to all Americans who are interested in getting inoculated, it could still be several months before the general public has access to the vaccine.

According to the CDC, a combination of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and following mitigation best practices, like wearing a mask and maintaining social distance, will offer the best protection from the novel virus.

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