Stars and Stripes stripes.com 04 Jan, 2021 01:30 am

Coronavirus vaccines have arrived, but frustrated Americans are struggling to sign up

Coronavirus vaccines have arrived, but frustrated Americans are struggling to sign up
After months of anticipation, millions of doses of the two authorized coronavirus vaccines re flowing into hospitals and health departments across the nation. But Americans trying to access shots are encountering systems that vary widely county to county and that, in many places, are overwhelmed.

And many have not revealed how the vaccine will be made available to anyone beyond health care workers and long-term care residents and employees, the focus of the first round of vaccinations.Even health care workers have struggled to figure it out.Through "lots of investigating," she found a hospital that was inoculating health care workers and made an appointment by phone.Officials in some areas are telling residents who are not in the top priority health care group to hold tight, while others have been more proactive.

The commissioner had said in a statement there was "no need" to ensure that everyone in the first priority group — health care workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities — was vaccinated before moving onto the next, which in Texas includes senior citizens and those with underlying conditions." Broward Health, another health care system in the county, was inundated with calls and is booked for appointments through February.

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