CDC Panel Offers COVID Vaccine Distribution Recommendations
Health care workers and people in long-term care facilities will likely be the first in line to receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Health care workers and people who live in long-term care facilities will be first to get an COVID-19 vaccine once it's greenlit.
"I do feel this prioritization represents strong consideration of the frameworks of science, implementation and ethics and helps to maintain our health care system," said Dr. Peter Szilagyi.
"I really hope this highlights that our skilled nursing facilities are a population that needs lots of vaccines," said Dr. Helen Talbot, an infectious disease specialist.
But there’s not enough to go around.
Drugmakers Pfizer and Moderna have together promised enough doses for 22.5 million Americans by the end of this year. There are 21 million health care workers in the U.S. There are also 3 million residents in long-term care facilities. With limited supply, the rollout, even among this first group, will happen in stages. Skilled nursing facilities with more vulnerable patients will be higher on the list than assisted living facilities, and health care workers who come into direct contact with patients are higher up than, say, an IT worker at a hospital who can telework.
Governors and state health departments will really get the final say on who goes first.
The other big caveat is funding. Several states need more money to cover costs related to vaccine rollouts.
"The biggest concern that I see is that these states are going to have to ramp up production, receiving facilities, inoculation campaigns," said Dr. Joshua Lesko, an ER doctor. "The fact that you're going to have 50 potentially different plans rolling out all at once is going to be a lot of potential uncertainty with your average American as to who qualifies where."
The federal government is conducting dry shipping runs with the boxes, the dry ice and empty vials to about 60 sites across the U.S. right now to prepare. HHS Secretary Alex Azar has said that within 24 hours of approval, shots could be going into the first people's arms.
Destructive tornado, massive storm leaves 21 dead in South and Midwest
The catastrophic weather tore roofs off buildings, destroyed houses, flipped cars and uprooted trees.
One dead, several injured in roof collapse at Illinois theater
Severe weather is to blame for the roof collapse during a heavy metal concert at the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, Illinois.
Families still don't know if relatives died in fire at migrant center
Mexican officials made arrests in connection to a fire that killed at least 39 migrants, but some families don't know if their relatives are dead.
Endangered North Atlantic right whale still entangled in Cape Cod Bay
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered large whale species in the world, with only about 350 remaining in existence.
Sen. Fetterman discharged from Walter Reed after depression treatment
The 53-year-old is still recovering from the aftereffects of the stroke he suffered last May.
Student calls for gun control, says school shootings are an 'epidemic'
Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday to plead for gun control.