The CDC required that states submit their draft plans for vaccine distribution by October 16, 2020. I have no idea how the states could do that reliably as to who gets the vaccine is uncertain. For example, do healthcare workers include nursing home workers and hospital janitors? The final national distribution report from experts was not available until Oct. 2.
The recent report on vaccine distribution came out Oct. 2. Link to my post on Oct. 2 final report on Covid vaccine distribution. The primary candidates for approval (using mRNA, a new technology) require vaccine storage at below 94 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Pfizer’s vaccine requires special ultra-low temperature freezers that can store the vaccine at minus-328 degrees. Also, all require two vaccine doses, very complicated.
For those reasons (vaccine storage and 2 doses) and other reasons, Phase 1a in the new report above gives the vaccine to health care workers and first responders. They have jobs, can be tracked for the second dose, and can get both doses at their places of employment.
What is your state’s plan?
I am in California, where the state has been working on this for a while. Their report was submitted to the CDC but was not available to the public as of Oct. 18. States are required to submit Covid-19 draft distribution plans.
States have been doing annual distribution of flu vaccines for a long time. During the 2009 H1N1 epidemic, states prepared distribution plans for the vaccine, but they were not needed as the epidemic did not increase.
Of course, each state is different. A new plan is required for Covid as it is very different than the flu and H1N1. Both are coronaviruses.
To read a recent article on the many issues of the required vaccine distribution reports by the states, click here . States required to submit Covid draft distribution plans.
My August 1 newsletter has lots of information on vaccines
To download and read the newsletter, click here
Scroll down to Topic List – the Vaccine Race
The 3 column version has 5 pages. The one column, Word style version, has 13 pages.
A few of the topics:
- Types of vaccines (4)
- Operation Warp Speed and the amount of funding available
- Many of the issues in getting an effective and safe vaccine
- The Vaccine testing process
My August 1 newsletter was less than 3 months ago. But the “basics” of vaccines have not changed a lot. Which ones are in various stages of clinical trials has changed.
Vaccines have been available for a long time. Viruses are very, very small. No one had ever seen one until the electron microscope was invented in the 1930s. The smallpox vaccine, introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796, was the first successful vaccine to be developed.