COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Everyone Should Be On the Same Plan
Health Editor’s Note: First of all, we have had months to determine how a COVID-19 vaccine will be dispensed, haven’t we? We have needed and will need a non-politically, non-economically oriented play book. As it looks now, it will be up to the states and territories to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. This process would be most effective if all states/territories used the same game plan, very much unlike what has been done (or not done) in attempts to control the spread of coronavirus. Rolling out the vaccine is next on the list of ways to control this pandemic. It is easy to determine the order of who goes first for vaccines. Those who are most at risk to contract COVID-19 should be at the top of the list. Right? How will the physically existing doses of vaccine be allotted? Do all states receive equal amounts despite census counts?
Common, scientific, and medical sense says healthcare workers and nursing home residents should receive the first doses. Then those who are most vulnerable to death by COVID-19 would determine those who come next. Those with existing health issues, elderly and what decade does that begin? 60, 65, 70? What is medically known is that the elderly have less robust immune systems and if they are vaccinated early on, coronavirus will not be able to spread to them as the COVID-19 surges mount.
Unfortunately, there are wide variations in dispersal orders. Also, who will be responsible for the actual inoculation process in each state, county? In some states this will be the health department and in others, well no one really knows as some are being secretive (does this sound familiar) as to where the vaccination sites will be and where the vaccine supplies will be delivered.
Please, let the vaccination process remain calm, orderly, safe, without the urges that drive people to clean out the toilet paper shelves in super markets. Two doses of vaccine will give immunity, so making sure people get back for that second dose is important.
So, in the meantime, until you have received your second dose of the vaccine, practice all safety measures. There must be time for your body to build up antibodies after vaccination. That being said, I will be masking up in public, avoiding groups of any size, staying physically distanced from others I do not live with, washing my hands all the time, staying away from anyone who is ill, not traveling, staying home for Christmas, etc…..Wait your turn…..Carol