Despite the noise, accelerating the U S. Vaccination campaign against COVID-19 and return of the country to normal The first three months of the rollout suggest that faster is not necessarily better
A surprising new analysis found that states like South Carolina, Florida, and Missouri, which stopped in front of others to offer the vaccine to ever larger groups of people, vaccinated smaller proportions of their populations than those who moved more slowly and methodically like Hawaii and Connecticut
Experts explain that the rapid expansion of eligibility led to spikes in demand too big for some states and serious unrest, with vaccine supplies proving inadequate or unpredictable, websites crashing and phone lines clogging, which confusion, frustration and resignation spread among many people
???? The infrastructure just wasn’t ready ???? It kind of backfired said dr Rebecca Wurtz, an infectious disease doctor and health data specialist at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, added: “In a rush to please everyone, the governors satisfied few and frustrated many”â ????
The findings could hold an important lesson for the nation’s governors, many of whom have announced dramatic expansions to their rollout in recent days after being urged by President Joe Biden to question all adults for vaccination by Jan. May
“When you’re more focused and focused, you can do a better job,” said Sema Sgaier, executive director of Surgo Ventures, a health data nonprofit that conducted the analysis in partnership with The Associated Press â ???? You can open it â ???? when you have the infrastructure in place to quickly vaccinate all these people a ????
Conspiracy theories, poor communication, and unreliable deliveries slowed efforts after the first vials of valuable vaccine arrived in December 14
But the size of the population in question has always been under the control of state officials, who made very different decisions about how many people they invited to line up when there weren’t enough vaccines to get around
When the ride began, most states put health workers and nursing home residents at the forefront, in doing so, states followed national recommendations from experts who also suggested doing everything possible to reach out to all in these two groups before moving on to the next categories
Yet given political pressure and public shouting, governors stormed ahead. Both the outgoing Trump administration and the incoming Biden team pushed for vaccinations to be opened for older Americans
By the end of January, more than half of the states had opened up to older adults some 75 and up, others 65 and up Then the real problems started
South Carolina extended eligibility to people in Steven Kite’s Jan age group 13 Kite, 71, immediately booked a vaccination at a hospital but the next day his appointment was canceled along with thousands of others due to a vaccine shortage
“It was frustrating at first,” Kite said. After a week of uncertainty, he set a new appointment. He and his wife are now vaccinated. It worked out fine. I know they had other problems. Dose delivery was very unreliableâ ?? ??
In Missouri, the dearth of big cities sent vaccine seekers driving hundreds of miles to rural towns. DR Elizabeth Bergamini, a pediatrician in suburban St. Louis drove about 30 people to often out-of-the-way vaccination events after the state opened the privilege to Jan 65 and older Jan 18 and then expanded it
â ???? We no longer had to have several hundred thousand people in the St Louis area to another half a million people, but we still hadn’t vaccinated that first group so it was that crazy shot, ???? Bergamini said it was just a hot messâ ????
“It got a little messy” said Dr Marcus Plescia, Chief Medical Officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials We created far more demand than supply that has stressed the system and possibly made the system less efficientâ ????
Plescia said the analysis suggests that “a methodical, measured, sensible, priority-based approach” despite people’s perception ???? In fact, it can be just as efficient or more efficient than opening things up and making them accessible to more peopleâ ????
In hindsight, health workers and nursing home residents were the easiest groups to vaccinate doses could be delivered to them wherever they lived and worked
“We knew where they were and we knew who they were,” Wurtz said. As soon as states went beyond those populations, it became harder to find the right people. Nursing home residents living in nursing homes. People 65 and older live everywhere
West Virginia bucked the trend with both high eligible residents and high vaccination rates in early March, but the state started slowly and built up capacity before expanding its eligibility
Similarly, Alaska maintained a high vaccination rate among a smaller eligible population and then threw up on Jan. March Shots for Everyone Age 16+ This sharp increase in eligible adults towards the end of the period under study led AP and Surgo Ventures to omit Alaska from the analysis
Analysis revealed that Hawaii was born on Jan. March had the lowest percentage of its adult population eligible for vaccination at about 26 percent.However, Hawaii had 42614 cans per 100000 adults administered, the eighth highest rate in the country
Thirty percent of the adult Connecticut population was eligible at the same time, and doses were being administered at the fourth highest rate in the country
In contrast, Missouri had the largest proportion of its adult population at around 92 percent341 cans per 100000 adults, making it 41st Place under the states
Seven states in the lower 10 for the total vaccination performance â ???? Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Missouri had above-average proportions of their residents eligible for gunfire
Among the high performing states, five are in the top 10 for high vaccination rates New Mexico, North Dakota, Connecticut, Wyoming and Hawaii with more restrictive authorization are another two high-performing states from the top 10 â ???? South Dakota and Massachusetts – were about average how many residents were eligible for the vaccine
“This is a thorough analysis that shows a clear relationship between the breadth of eligibility and vaccination rates across states”said Dr Mark McClellan, a former head of the Food and Drug Administration who was not involved in the new analysis but reviewed it for AP
The better performing states could achieve results by paying more attention to vaccine supplies, vaccinating high-risk groups thoroughly, and then more slowly opening up to wider categories while they wait for care to build, McClellan said
What happens next depends on how much states can improve their vaccine delivery systems and whether Americans will continue to be vaccinated even as the threat subsides, more people are protected and the case numbers drop
“Have states used this time sensibly and fruitfully to build the infrastructure that is necessary to open it up to more people?” Sgaier asked
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