Contributed by Darwin Bandoy, PhD Candidate
One year into the pandemic and I already managed to get my first dose of vaccine. The pandemic will end with the achievement of herd immunity and the best path towards herd immunity is via vaccination. Vaccines are generally safe. Several variants are causing trouble by reducing the efficacy of certain vaccines, but it is still a much better option than not having any protection at all. UC Davis is providing free COVID-19 to all the students, faculty and staff and this resulted to low infection levels. We have exciting data about variants and disease transmission which we will preprint in the coming weeks.