Tallahassee, Fla. (AP)—Terry Beth Hadler is so eager to get the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine that the 69-year-old piano teacher is in the parking lot with hundreds of others The elderly lined up all night.
She won’t do it again.
Hadler said she waited for 14 hours and the quarrel almost broke out at dawn on Tuesday when people were waiting in line outside the Bonita Springs Library in Florida. The officials were 65 or 65 on a first-come, first-served basis. Old people over 65 opened fire.
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Compared with the vaccination race for millions of Americans, public health officials and the leaders of the Trump administration’s “Speed Distortion” have expected a slower and more chaotic start.
Overworked and underfunded state public health departments are scrambling to develop vaccine management plans. Counties and hospitals have adopted different methods, resulting in long queues, confusion, frustration and blocked telephone lines. A large number of logistical issues complicated the process of trying to overcome the scourge that killed more than 340,000 Americans.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) asked for patience, noting that vaccine supplies are limited.
“It may not be today for everyone, it may not be next week. But in the next few weeks, as long as we continue to get supply, you will have a chance to get this supply.”
Once medical staff and long-term care residents and staff are vaccinated, Florida will give priority to residents over 65 years of age. The decision violates the CDC’s recommendations and prioritizes seniors aged 75 and over, such as teachers and emergency personnel, before vaccinating.
Dr. Ashish Jha, a health policy researcher and dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said that the main problem is that states have not received sufficient financial or technical support from the federal government. Jha said that the Trump administration, which is mainly the Department of Health and Human Services, has designated states as failed states.
He said: “There are still many states that need to do, but the federal government needs a more active role than they are willing to do. They said to the state: “This is your responsibility. Think of ways to. ‘”
The lag in reporting vaccinations partly explains why many states have failed to meet their year-end goals, but officials blamed the slow pace on logistical and financial obstacles.
Many states lack funds to hire personnel, pay for overtime or engage with the public. The equipment required to keep vaccines cold complicates their distribution. In addition, providers need to track vaccination status so that they have sufficient capacity to dispense the required second dose 21 days after the first injection.
Dr. James McCarthy, the chief physician executive of Houston Memorial Herman Campus, said that the hospital system has managed about half of the 30,000 doses since December 15.
The system must create a plan from scratch. Among other things, managers must ensure that everyone in the vaccination area can keep a distance from society, and they must establish a 15-minute observation period for each patient so that the recipient can be monitored for any side effects.
“We can’t distribute it like candy,” McCarthy said.
After the two-day shift in Pasadena, California, their firefighters will be vaccinated in groups of 50 so that they can recuperate during the four-day vacation. Municipal spokesperson Lisa Derderian said: “We don’t want most of our employees (if they do experience side effects) to go all out.”
In South Carolina, state legislators questioned why the state had used only 35,158 of the 112,125 doses of Pfizer it had received before Wednesday. State Senator Marlon Kimpson said officials told him that some frontline health care workers were refusing to be vaccinated, while others were on vacation.
Lin Humphrey is a university professor. His 81-year-old mother lives with him in a high-rise apartment in Miami. He said it took him about 80 calls to make a call at a Miami Beach hospital that began vaccinating seniors last week.
Humphrey said: “This reminds me of the 80s when you had to call the radio station to be the tenth person to get a concert ticket.” “When I finally got on the phone, the woman and I were crying on the phone Up.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio set an ambitious goal on Thursday to vaccinate 1 million residents in January-he said this task requires outside cooperation, and Greatly increase the chance of vaccination.
In the past few weeks, health officials in the Trump administration have discussed the goal of delivering enough vaccines to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of the month. But it is not clear whether the United States will achieve this goal.
General Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, said on Wednesday that the country has shipped 14 million doses so far. Tracking by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that as of Wednesday, nearly 2.8 million injections had been performed.
Officials said there is a certain lag in reporting vaccination, but progress is still slower than expected. Perna predicts that the pace will pick up next week.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, Chief Scientist of Warp Speed, said: “We agree that this number is lower than our expectations.”
On Tuesday, President-elect Biden said that the Trump administration is “falling far behind” oath, and once he climbed the pace of the office on January 20 and early December, Biden vowed to allocate 100 million people to his administration in the first 100 days. management.
Jaha said that Biden’s goals are ambitious but achievable.
He said: “If the infrastructure they acquired on January 20 is not ready to be executed on the first day, it will not be easy.”
In Tennessee, health officials had hoped to reach the goal of distributing 200,000 doses by the end of the year, but shipping delays may prevent this from happening. Health officials said the state received 20,300 doses on Tuesday and is expected to arrive last week.
Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Pierce (Lisa Piercey) said: “We can’t do anything about it.”
Kunzelman reports from University Park of Maryland. Associated Press reporter John Raby (John Raby) in Charleston, West Virginia; Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles; Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami; Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City; Lauran Neergaard in Alexandria, Virginia; Marion Renault of Rochester, Minnesota; Michael Schneider of Orlando, Florida; Desiree Mathurin of Atlanta; Michelle Liu of Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.