There’s a new hope in our fight against Covid-19, and that is vaccines. But, the rollout of vaccinating our citizens in the U.S. has been much slower than expected. So far, we’ve vaccinated (mostly just first round), 8 million people. That’s not very many for a country with a population of 350 million. There’s been a stunted rollout that’s been confused by state and local governments. I personally believe the federal government should coordinate this campaign. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been a serious disconnect between our response and the results. I believe this has been the direct result of the piecemeal strategy we’ve allowed to happen by letting the states put together their own campaigns, which even on a local level are often not effective.
Some of the problems have been a lack of vaccine supply on one hand, and a lack of willing patients on the other hand. Many in the older population have been frantically trying to find a vaccination site to get their jab, while many others that have been offered the vaccines have turned them away. It’s time we identify who wants it and get the vaccine supply to them immediately so we can have some meaningful effect on the infection rates. Also, we need further testing on the new vaccines for their long term effects. And further testing on their efficacy and how long they last.
As of now, the Trump administration has been releasing their entire stock of vaccines to help speed up the process. Something they initially didn’t do as they were saving the stock so that people would get their second dose on time. But, medical professionals have started to speculate that a second shot may not be needed from the mRNA vaccines to be effective. There are studies being undertook now to find out what we need to know about that.