COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here —and Variants Are Here, Too

Around the middle of December 2020, the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna became available. I was lucky enough to be one of the first recipients of the vaccine. This was only possible because I see COVID-19 patients in the hospital.

Although I thought that having a vaccine would make opening our temples happen sooner, lately, I have begun to doubt that thought.

As the pandemic continues, we are now hearing of variant strains of the coronavirus developing. The vaccine manufacturers have told us that the current vaccines should protect us against the known variants. However, it may not take long before we come across a variant strain that is not covered by the current vaccines.

That means that we will need to have another vaccine to cover any variant strain that is not addressed by the current vaccines. As time goes on, we may come across more variants that are not covered by the current vaccines.

This means that we will have to get at least one more vaccine to be fully protected. The situation may resemble what we do currently for the flu virus.