We are all anxious to get both doses of our vaccines and to be able to resume our lives. In the past year, it’s astonishing to think that our medical professionals, scientists, and researchers have done absolutely amazing things! Almost immediately, researchers around the world were redirected from ongoing projects to Covid-19 projects. They isolated and gene-sequenced the virus with unprecedented speed. They have figured out how to manage the worst stages of the disease, with medications old and new, as well as basic medical care practices and many modifications of standard care. They have found ways we can safeguard ourselves and each other with masks, frequent handwashing, social distancing, isolation & quarantine. Most astonishing of all, multiple successful vaccines were developed and brought to market in less than 8 months! This is a task that usually takes at least 4 years – remember it took 23 years to develop the first polio vaccine. Enough vaccines need to be manufactured to cover two doses for about 333 million people in the US alone. That’s 666 million doses, distributed on time and safely. This is a colossal undertaking. And as we see now distribution is not perfect. The current information about US national distribution of vaccines can be found here: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/map-covid-19-vaccination-tracker-across-u-s-n1252085
Each country has developed its own plan for distribution. Since Mayo Connect members are from all the US states and Canadian provinces, as well as a number of foreign countries, we can only provide general information. Within the US, the CDC made recommendations but pushed the responsibility for delivery and final rules and inoculations down to each state. Canada has it’s own vaccine distribution plan, as do other countries. State health delivery varies, so some departments of health made uniform rules and are overseeing distribution, others pushed both final rulemaking and distribution down to their counties. We are offering a place for you to help us provide specific information to help others find out when they may expect to be able to get the vaccine.
We request that you publish only a link to your local government-sponsored site. This is important because the information is being updated either daily or weekly as priorities and supplies change. See the post below for the suggested format.
It is important to remember that this is done by a variety of localities, and there are differences in priorities and the number of staff available to do the injections.
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