COVID-19 vaccinations happening in phases

Dec 23, 2020 | Jennifer O'Hara | @jenohara | Comments (8)

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Front-line health care workers across the country are receiving the first COVID-19 vaccinations. With the recent approval of a second COVID-19 vaccine for use here in the U.S., more COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to be available this week.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel has recommended allocating COVID-19 vaccines for the next phase. Phase 1b includes those who are 75 and older as well as front-line essential workers, including police, firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers. These vaccinations would begin when phase 1a, health care workers and long term care residents, is completed.

On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, gives an update on vaccine approvals and the rollout phases.

To practice safe social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this interview was conducted using video conferencing. The sound and video quality are representative of the technology used. For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

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Dr. Poland has served as a consultant for Merck & Co. Inc., Medicago Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Sanofi Pasteur, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., Dynavax Technologies Corp., Genentech Inc., Eli Lilly and Co., Kentucky BioProcessing Inc. and Genevant Sciences Corp., and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. He is a paid scientific adviser for Johnson & Johnson. Honoraria: Elsevier.

 

The Florida governor announced yesterday that he will not follow CDC guidelines, but that all individuals over 70 will be in the next phase. Can anyone address what that means for Floridians over 70? Where do we go to get the shot? Medicare notified us yesterday there will be no costs. Will we be notified by Medicare to go get the shots? Will our PCP's give the shots? So much chaos in Florida because of politics.

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@jal333
Hi,
I live in Pasco County. DeSantis said the Pfizer vaccine is split between Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties and that CVS and Walgreens have 60,000 doses.
This is telling me all the other counties don’t have the vaccines yet. But I don’t know if that is true. I know Florida has a lot of elderly residents but this confusion is probably only the tip of the iceberg. I will adopt a wait and see attitude. I was expecting my daughter who is a nurse practitioner and in the assisted living facilities here in Pasco to be one of the first group. If she finds out anything more that can be verified , I will certainly pass it on to interested Florida residents. I am personally not in a rush but others may be .

FL Mary

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@jal333

The Florida governor announced yesterday that he will not follow CDC guidelines, but that all individuals over 70 will be in the next phase. Can anyone address what that means for Floridians over 70? Where do we go to get the shot? Medicare notified us yesterday there will be no costs. Will we be notified by Medicare to go get the shots? Will our PCP's give the shots? So much chaos in Florida because of politics.

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@jal333
– I don't live in Florida. However, I think that everyone is confused about age, where, when, how and we know the why. I have yet to receive any notice from anyone about these excellent questions. I hope that someone on here has answers for you. Meanwhile here is a site that might be of help. Good luck and Merry Christmas.
https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida/

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Dr. Poland is there a reason that people who have active cancers aren't included in the 2nd group of people to be vaccinated?

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I'm in Jacksonville. I understand Mayo Jax is giving vaccine to their health workers. I'm available when they call and offer me my vaccine! I've sent a message to my PCP on his portal to see what he says about his patients. I hope to get the shot from Mayo, tho. Hope one of you will get info soon and share. I'm so please Gov. DeSantis is taking good care of our older population. He's kept this state open and running…..yep, we've had our covid for sure, but our nursing home and retirment communities have done pretty well, especially compared to some other areas. I'm hoping to get that vaccine before my birthday, Feb 6! Blessings to you all. Elizabeth

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Will snow birds in FL be getting shots here in FL or do they have to go to their home states. I am a pre transplant patient . Who notifies me to get the shot. What criteria is used to determine when and if I should get it.?

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@jal333

The Florida governor announced yesterday that he will not follow CDC guidelines, but that all individuals over 70 will be in the next phase. Can anyone address what that means for Floridians over 70? Where do we go to get the shot? Medicare notified us yesterday there will be no costs. Will we be notified by Medicare to go get the shots? Will our PCP's give the shots? So much chaos in Florida because of politics.

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@jal333, Our TX gov. proclaimed the same as yours…ahead of the fronline workers. You pose good questions and I, too am waiting for more state information.

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Hi all,
The roll out of the vaccine is still being worked out in many jurisdictions and will vary from region to region. Be sure to follow the announcements of your local or state health authority for information relevant to you. Where possible contact your doctor or health care team for further information.

If you are a Mayo Clinic patient, see this information:
– Information on COVID-19 Vaccine distribution for Mayo Clinic patients https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/information-on-covid-19-vaccine-distribution-for-mayo-clinic-patients/

Continue to follow these podcasts to stay up to date with information as it becomes available.

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