The effort to vaccinate seniors has hit roadblocks as states are running out of the vaccine, and appointments to get the vaccine are being canceled.
Meanwhile, President Biden has promised to administer 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office. And Dr. Fauci thinks we can do even better than that.
Dr. Fauci maintains that the U.S. can vaccinate 85 percent of people and get back to normal by the Fall. Johnson & Johnson has a new one-dose vaccine that is close to being approved, which would allow more people to be vaccinated sooner.
Of the 36 million doses that the government distributed to states, less than half have been administered. Each state has its own rules and plans for administering vaccines. The CDC has given general guidelines to follow, but has recently shifted course from prioritizing those 75 and older to everyone over the age of 65.
Seniors are becoming frustrated with canceled appointments and mixed messages. Six in ten Americans report not knowing where or when to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden administration plans to “build a national clearinghouse” to provide information on where and when people can get vaccines.
In many areas, vaccines are being offered in more privileged areas, and in Florida, on websites like Eventbrite, making vaccination inaccessible to disadvantaged populations and less tech-savvy people.
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