The Trump administration is ready to give new guidelines today that will lead to rapid coronavirus vaccination.
Driving news: The new federal guidelines would recommend opening the process to everyone over the age of 65, and also aim to move the door out instead of holding back some.
Why it matters: The early stages of the vaccination effort were designed to put the most at-risk people in front of the line, but the pace of vaccination has disappointed experts and everyday Americans alike.
- The administration’s new guidelines aim to speed things up and eventually move America closer to broader immunity that will put the epidemic behind us.
description: According to a senior administration official, the federal government is making three major changes:
- Recommending that the vaccination process in the states is for all people over 65 years of age and adults of all ages who have a pre-existing condition that puts them at greater risk for serious infection.
- Expanding places where people can be vaccinated to include community health centers and more pharmacies.
- All available supplements are now going out the door. Both authorized vaccines require two shots; The government will no longer hold back doses for the second shot, but will now try to take today’s dose into people’s arms, confident that supplies will increase rapidly to provide the second shot.
These changes reflect A changing consensus about how best to deliver vaccines – moving away from a strict risk-based priority system, toward prioritizing as many weapons as possible to get as many shots as possible.
- With the encouragement of public health experts, opening doors for some seniors and high-risk patients, some states have already taken over, and President-Elect Joe Biden has said that his administration is back for other shots of people Will not keep the dose.
What are we watching: There is certainly no guarantee that this extensive process will go smoothly, and there may be real costs for a sloppy rollout.
- Some states and counties have already opened vaccines to large numbers of people, struggling to get appointments in any sort of way, sometimes leaving camps for elderly, high-risk people to camp for vaccines.
Yes but: Increasing supply should make each stage of this more liberalized process – with more distribution points and wider eligibility – easier to manage.