The NIH did not respond to a request for comment.
Given the shortage of vaccine supplies, there is a possibility that NIH may direct its staff to vaccinate at local pharmacies, an NIH official told POLITICO.
Last week, NIH was informed that it would not be included in the federal allocation of vaccines sent to agencies such as the Center for Disease Control. As a result, NIH has spent the week working with the Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Hospital Association on its potential vaccine allocation.
“The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is allocating vaccine supplements from Pfizer and Modern to hospitals in Maryland, as well as providing long-term care,” Hospital Association CEO Bob Atlas said in a statement. “The NIH Clinical Center is located in Bethesda and the federal government has asked MDH to include that site in allocating vaccines designated for Maryland.”
Hospital Association spokesman Amy Goodwin confirmed that NIH was not in the initial batch of vaccine recipients. Goodinf said the Hospital Association has also been told not to expect any dose of the modern vaccine until the end of next week.
Several government officials have received the Kovid-19 vaccine, including Vice President Mike Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who received the shots in public on Friday. The White House told reporters last week that priority would be given to NIH officers and employees, although an NIH official said on Friday that there were no real plans to ensure this.
A Department of Health and Human Services official disputed that characterization, saying that NIH’s Collins was offered the opportunity to work with federal officials earlier this week to ensure that his agency Doses were allocated, but failed to follow.
Fauci said Friday morning that he was “ready to go” and was eager to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
On NBC’s “Today” show Fauci said, “I’m going to get vaccinated as soon as possible. I hope it’s going to happen in the next few days in the early part of next week.”