U.S. to expand coronavirus vaccination eligibility

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 13, 2021

Federal public health officials will recommend states expand access to Covid-19 vaccines to everyone ages 65 and up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. 18, it will be expanded to first responders as well as people ages 75 and older.

It comes as USA rollout of the Covid vaccines has been off to a shaky start.

The CDC guidelines are only a recommendation but are created to increase what's seen as a slow national rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.

Public health officials say the pace is picking up somewhat - nearly 9 million people have received their first dose according to CDC data - but experts say the pace needs to increase and that state and local jurisdictions need more resources and support to resolve the bottleneck. In Alabama, the state has administered 87,138 COVID-19 vaccinations - roughly 32% of its total allotment - since its program began the week of December 12, 2020.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the policy shift on Tuesday.

Releasing the second doses could disrupt vaccination schedules.

The Trump administration announced today it would no longer hold back the required second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, a move that will essentially doubling supply. "So everything is now available to our states and our health care providers", Azar said.

Dr. Frederick Davis, from Northwell Health, says time between doses is usually three or four weeks, and although he believes it is important to receive the second dose on time - he says getting the first dose out should be the priority.

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