Living through the Ups and Downs of Vaccine Distribution
While it may seem to many that the rollout of the vaccine in NC is impossibly slow, week after week, the numbers provide a deeper story.Posted — Updated
Furthermore, many wonder why North Carolina is often cited as ranking in the bottom half of the nation in terms of the speed with which they are distributing and administering the vaccine. (This week, NC is #32 on the list.)
Yes, we all wish that the supply was there to meet the overwhelming need. Add to that the heightened emotional state many are in and it can feel overwhelming.
All of us remember the early days of getting tested for COVID, a complicated process often involving a medical order or screening and finding a place that had an open appointment. This does not even include the backlog in getting results back, sometimes as late as 8-10 days later.
Yes, it is a cumbersome task to get an appointment for the vaccine, whether you go through the hospital, the county health department or seek mass vaccination events in other counties.
But the barriers are being addressed, the systems being smoothed out and more groups and monies are being tapped to help.
As of January 26, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker, NC has received 1,246,600 doses of the COVID vaccine (enough to provide one dose to 12% of its population of 10.5 Million. NC has administered 676,037 doses (54% of the doses received). Of those 676,037, 86,064 were second doses. Six percent of the population has received their first dose.
I imagine that, with each week, just as we experienced with COVID testing, distribution and administration will become smoother, faster, and more efficient.
How can we as individuals aide the process? Perhaps one way is when we do see vaccination appointments open up, we can help those who qualify make an appointment. There are undoubtedly some who will need transportation to their vaccination appointments. On the flip side, two ways that we can impede the process is to stoke our impatience or take out our frustrations on those people trying to get everyone scheduled.
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