The Trump administration is asking states to hurry supply of COVID-19 vaccines to folks older than 65 and others at excessive threat not holding again the second dose of the two-dose pictures
By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON
January 12, 2021, 1:10 PM
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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking states to hurry supply of COVID-19 vaccines to folks 65 and older and to others at excessive threat not holding again the second dose of the two-dose pictures, officers stated Tuesday.
Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar stated that “the administration within the states has been too narrowly targeted.”
Consequently, he stated, the Trump administration is now asking states to vaccinate folks age 65 and over and people below 65 with underlying well being situations that put them at excessive threat. He stated the vaccine manufacturing is such that the second dose of the two-shot vaccine could be launched with out jeopardizing immunization for many who acquired the primary shot.
“We now imagine that our manufacturing is predictable sufficient that we are able to guarantee second doses can be found for folks from ongoing manufacturing, Azar instructed ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “So the whole lot is now accessible to our states and our well being care suppliers.”
Azar stated it was now time to maneuver “to the following section on the vaccine program” and broaden the pool of these eligible to get the primary dose.
That additionally means increasing the variety of locations the place folks could be vaccinated including neighborhood well being facilities and extra drug shops.
“We’ve already distributed extra vaccine than we now have well being care staff and folks in nursing houses,” Azar stated. “We’ve acquired to get to extra channels of administration. We’ve acquired to get it to pharmacies, get it to neighborhood well being facilities.”
He stated the federal authorities “will deploy groups to help states doing mass vaccination efforts if they need to take action.”
President-elect Joe Biden is anticipated to provide a speech Thursday outlining his plan to hurry vaccines to extra folks within the first a part of his administration. His transition workforce has vowed to launch as many vaccine doses as doable, quite than persevering with the Trump administration coverage of holding again thousands and thousands of doses to make sure there could be sufficient provide to permit these getting the primary shot to get a second one.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires a second shot about three weeks after the primary vaccination. One other vaccine, this one produced Moderna, requires a second shot about 4 weeks afterward. One-shot vaccines are nonetheless present process testing.