Despite their eagerness to participate, only five primary care physicians said they were giving the vaccine to their patients, according to them a survey Larry A. with a primary care aide. The Green Center operated a nonprofit in mid-January. Given the widespread supply shortage, many could not get the vaccine and one of them stated that they were not in contact with their local health department.
Dr. Katelyn Healy, Lewis, Del. Has a family doctor, one of the lucky ones, who has just received 240 doses of the vaccine and will be vaccinated this week. His staff checked with the state every day when they could expect a shipment. “Pursuing the vaccine has been almost a full-time job,” she said.
While Drs. Haley, who also works with Allead, is sympathetic to the state’s struggle to obtain an adequate supply of the vaccine, something she thinks needs some dose in her practices. “It is a delicate balance to meet the needs of the state and the needs of individual practice,” she said.
Dr. Some physicians, such as Altman, have received small amounts of the vaccine, but do not know when they may be sufficient to immunize all eligible patients. In late January, Drs. Altman and his staff vaccinated 200 patients in practice parking, regardless of the weather. “The patients were literally in tears, they were very grateful for our efforts,” he said.
The Trump administration left it up to states to determine how they distribute vaccines, and states and even local communities, have different perspectives. “Whether or not so much of primary care depends on the state,” said Ann Grenier, chief executive of Primary Care Cooperation.
Although the demand for vaccines is currently out of supply, relying on primary care doctors to vaccinate the public when the supply starts later on demand is essential, Drs. Asaf Bitton, a primary care physician who is the executive director of Eradne Labs. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Their involvement will be important to overcome vaccine hesitation and reach herd immunity.
Although some negotiations have begun, “they should have been six months in advance,” he said.