The race to ramp up Covid-19 vaccines, states have opened up mass vaccination sites and expanded eligibility. But there remains a big problem: the supply isn’t increasing fast enough.
The United States faces an increasing threat of being more contagious and potentially more lethal Virus variants, Gradually administering more doses each day, now reaching an average of about 1.7 million, according to New York Times Database.
But states are also steadily expanding outreach beyond the most vulnerable, front-line healthcare workers, nursing home staff and residents. Now, some state officials say they’d be ready to take thousands more shots every day – if they could get it.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that New York state used about 85 percent of its first and second doses, but is moving forward to expand eligibility to include people with underlying health problems. He said his state would inoculate more people if it had more doses.
Sunday, the first day that appointment subscription is open New Yorkers with chronic illnessesTens of thousands of websites flooded and left many waiting for open appointments. However, state officials said they are considering it Expansion Success. They said 250,924 people had successfully scheduled vaccination dates on Sunday, more than any single day since the registration system was introduced in mid-January.
Eligible persons now include adults who have Certain health conditions that may increase its risk Severe illness or death from the Coronavirus. Besides obesity and high blood pressure, other conditions that qualify New Yorkers to be vaccinated include lung disease and cancer, Mr. Cuomo said this month. It also made pregnancy a qualifying condition.
This expansion comes with increasing concern about the new variables in circulation. at Interview with “Axios on HBOWhich aired on Sunday, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Biden, tells Americans who are satisfied that more people are being vaccinated.
He said, “Perhaps we still have a stumbling block in the emergence of the variables that would dominate the picture.”
US officials said that the most contagious virus circulating in Britain, B.1.1.7, It can become controlling In the US by March. British government scholars are increasingly finding this alternative Associated with an increased risk of death.
Coronavirus vaccines appear to protect against B.1.1.7, but they are Less effective Opposite the B.1.351 variant, which became dominant in South Africa.
last week, California It announced that it would soon become one of only a few countries to extend the vaccine’s reach to people of any age with underlying health problems or severe disabilities. But the offer is little.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said the mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium closed over the weekend because Los Angeles had exhausted its supplies. He said the city only received 16,000 doses last week – equivalent to roughly one day.
“When the vaccines arrive in Los Angeles, we know how to give them,” Mr. Garcetti told reporters. “We have a great infrastructure built, from amazing people, and we’ll give them to people efficiently and safely. But the problem is that we’re still not receiving enough doses very soon.”
Georgia officials say a lack of supply is hindering eligibility expansion. When the Atlanta Board of Education called on Governor Brian Kemp earlier this month to make teachers eligible for vaccinations, the governor said the state is not getting enough doses for residents who already qualify.
He said many areas around Atlanta have stopped scheduling new vaccines because federal deliveries have fallen far short of demand.
Experts say expanding eligibility requires a delicate balance between prioritizing those most at risk and ensuring doses are not wasted.
“I don’t think anyone who wants the person receiving the vaccine at the expense of someone else is at greater risk,” said Dr. Sarita Shah, an epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta.
Dr Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, said expanding eligibility too quickly could backfire. “People will be angry when they are promised a second dose and they don’t get it on time,” he said.
Some experts, such as Dr. Robert Murphy, director of the Northwestern Institute for Global Health, have called for more resilience for places that have already vaccinated their most vulnerable populations.
“I think the dangerous thing is that some places are very strict with the current rules,” said Dr. Murphy. “If you have 50 extra vials, that’s 500 doses, nobody’s going to come, and that thing’s going to expire in days or weeks – give it.”