Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 03:30 am

Administration reverses stance, will no longer hold back second shots of coronavirus vaccine

Administration reverses stance, will no longer hold back second shots of coronavirus vaccine
The Trump administration announced sweeping changes to its vaccination rollout on Tuesday, including making all of the coronavirus vaccine supply immediately available, urging states to provide shots to anyone 65 and older and warning that states with lagging inoculations will lose some of their shots to speedier places.

Other federal health officials expressed concern the changes would cause confusion, and questioned how they could be enforced, said one health official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.State health officials, meanwhile, denounced the plan as punitive."It is too early to begin to judge how well states are administering this, and a punitive approach isn't going to help us reach our goal of vaccinating the entire population as safely and quickly as possible," said Michael Fraser, who heads the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.Several state health officials and immunization managers complained Tuesday that they got no advance notice of the changes.

Fraser, the head of the state health officials group, added, "The root problem is a supply issue.Biden is expected to provide a detailed blueprint on reinvigorating the rollout later this week, including likely calling for inoculations of everyone 65 and older and expanding the number of venues where shots are administered, according to two people familiar with the deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss them.

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