As the vaccine doses started to go to waste due to very strict rules for the groups given priority in the ongoing new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine application program in the USA, the authorities of the states started to relax the rules.
New York state officials have decided to ease the rules of the vaccine administration program, which includes severe penalties, and to open the way for the doses they have to reach wider public.
According to the news of the New York Times, healthcare professionals will now be able to apply the vaccines that are about to expire to other people in groups such as cashiers, pharmacists, teachers and delivery workers in the public sector, if there are those who do not come to the vaccine application.
“This new guide is the result of weeks of discussions with hospitals for the highest use of vaccines without wasting any of them,” said Gary C. Holmes, State Health Department Spokesperson. used the expressions.
According to federal officials, although 1.2 million doses of vaccine have been sent to New York so far, only 605,000 people have been vaccinated so far.
23 PERCENT OF SERVICE EMPLOYEES EXCEEDED IN NEW YORK
At a press conference on January 8, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo noted that 70 to 80 percent of health and basic service workers are targeted to be vaccinated, but only 23 percent have been vaccinated so far. Stating that they are working on expanding vaccination, Cuomo said, “Instead of vaccinations waiting for people, we prefer people to wait for the time they will be vaccinated by registering.” he spoke in the form.
In his call to the states on the same day, President of the US Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn, stated that they could expand the priority order groups specified in the federal guideline in response to the risk of expiring the use of Covid-19 vaccines. While the state of California complied with this call, it was noted that the vaccine doses that were not used in New Jersey and the capital Washington region were started to be allowed to be given to the public in pharmacies and other vaccine provider centers in order to be applied first-come.
COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAM ACCELERATING
President Donald Trump’s administration also called on the states to accelerate the vaccination of the Covid-19 vaccine for people aged 65 and over and in the high risk group and not to wait for the second dose.
Health Minister Alex Azar stated that the first dose of the vaccine, which was shot in the country, could be shot in order to avoid compromising immunity, and said that it is now time to move to the second stage in the vaccination program and expand the framework of those eligible to receive the first dose.
The Trump administration had announced that it was aimed to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of December 2020.
Joe Biden, who was elected president of the United States, criticized the Trump administration’s policy of vaccine distribution and administration for failure, stating that if this rate continues, it will take years to vaccinate the American people.
Biden pledged 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days of its administration.
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