COVID-19 vaccine roll-out mapped
A complex plan to make free COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone is in the works.
In a report to Congress earlier this week, federal health agencies and the Defense Department mapped out the plan in which the vaccination campaign would begin gradually in January — or possibly late this year — and, in time, ramp up to reach all Americans.
According to a report from The Associated Press, features of the plan include:
• Most COVID-19 vaccines will require two shots taken three to four weeks apart with each dose made by the same drug-maker.
• Early vaccination supplies will be limited and reserved for health care and other “essential” workers and “vulnerable” groups. Subsequent expansion would make the vaccine available to the entire population.
• The vaccine will be free to those who receive it through funding allocated by Congress and the Trump administration.
• States and local communities will handle distribution of the vaccine and must submit plans to the federal government in about a month’s time.
An AP poll taken in May found that only about half of the population said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if one is made available. Health experts claim at least 70 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated or have immunity from a previous contraction in order to protect the country from the virus.