In New Jersey and Mississippi, smokers can now be vaccinated
New Jersey just expanded its coronavirus vaccine sales this week, announcing that people over the age of 65 can now get the vaccine, as well as those aged 16-64 under certain conditions (including smokers). Now, Jersey has joined Mississippi, becoming the only two states that provide vaccines for underlying health conditions. Among them, “smoking”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization Practice Advisory Committee recommends vaccination for smokers in stage 1c, but according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, New Jersey and Mississippi are vaccinating this population because “no matter what age “Smokers” will become their basic medical list of diseases, which also include cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
In New Jersey, New York Times The report points out that no documents of basic health conditions are required to prove that a person has any of the listed conditions, and that smokers are now ahead of the vaccine priority areas in front of certain basic workers (including teachers). dispute. Other states do plan to include smokers in the class that allows people in the 16 to 64 age group to be vaccinated, but now only New Jersey and Mississippi are doing this-because basically every other state is still only servicing health care workers and the elderly vaccination.
So let me be right @GovMurphy those who try to do healthy things, and more importantly, our teachers are being left behind by smokers. New Jersey is a mess. 1 health care, 2 first aid workers, 3 teachers 4. People 65 and older can make their own rules https://t.co/mQkK8AtDFY
-Nicky “Blue” Fiorentino (@BlueFiorentino) January 16, 2021
New Jersey State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli (Judith Persichilli) said at a news conference on Wednesday: “Smoking puts you at a high risk of covid-19 and has adverse consequences.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the change on Wednesday as the state is catching up with vaccines that have failed to meet immunization goals. As of Thursday, New Jersey has administered at least 263,422 first-time administrations, accounting for 7.5% of the priority population. Washington post.
Some people believe that smokers are choosing to put themselves at higher risk, and many people who are still at high risk due to exposure (such as teachers) should be given priority. Others believe that smoking is an addiction. If you take into account the lung damage caused by COVID, if smokers do test positive for COVID-19, the risk of serious illness may be higher.
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New Jersey has now opened up vaccination to anyone over 65 years old and 16-64 years old with a medical condition, including heart, lung, kidney, diabetes, and smokers.
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“When we start to say that one group or another should not be vaccinated based on your health behavior, there will be a very steep and predictable slide, especially when we understand smoking as a substance use disorder,” Esther Choo , A professor at Oregon Health and Science University told Washington post.
However, other states have taken a different approach. era The report says that New Mexico and Texas make people with other high-risk medical conditions eligible for the vaccine, but smokers do not. Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and North Carolina all included smokers, but didn’t start smoking until later.
In the final analysis, this country is lagging behind in providing vaccines. Each state can explain the CDC’s priority schedule. They think it is appropriate, so some people think that the United States only needs to shoot as much as possible. Of course, this is a brave new world.