President Biden is increasingly pushing for inoculations – a case he hopes to make on Friday when he travels to Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of two manufacturers of Pfizer’s authorized plant, Pfizer’s manufacturing plant. To visit.
Federal officials estimate that six million vaccine doses are still unnecessarily left. Freeing them can increase the number of doses used by more than 10 percent – significantly increasing the pace of the nation’s vaccination program at a time when speed is the essence to save lives, curbing disease And preventing more infectious forms of the virus. . So far, 56 million shots have been administered, and only 12 percent of Americans have received one or more doses.
The idea that Dose is sitting on the shelf while millions are on the waiting list has deeply disappointed government officials. The roots of the problem are twofold.
First, when the federal immunization program for long-term care facilities began at the end of last year, the CDC based allocation on the number of beds, even though the occupancy rate was the lowest in years. According to the American Health Care Association, a trade group, only 68 percent have nursing home beds and 78 percent assisted living beds.
The CDC then doubled that allocation to cover employees. But four-fifths of long-term care residents agreed to vaccinate in the first month of the program, with 63 percent of staff members refusing, Agency reported. More have since agreed, although it is unclear how many.
Despite the lack of ups and downs, the pharmacy chain that operates the program continues to tap its allocation from the federal government. At one point in Virginia, Drs. Avula said, he used less than one in every three doses that he had on hand.
“As good, corporate, risk-averse companies,” said Gov. Ralph Northam, chief of staff at Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam, “if they can come down, they’re going downstream.”