Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, the United States, like other countries around the world, is rolling out the widest-ranging and most intensive inoculation program in history. Of course, with an entire population to be vaccinated in such a short time, demand will exceed supply, at least in the beginning.
Many people will wonder if and when they will get a chance to get their shots. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has devised a phased vaccination scheme, with the vaccine being offered to specific groups of the population in succession, while supplies are limited.
Phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution
There are two phases in the CDC’s vaccination plan, with the first being divided into three sub-phases. During phase 1, healthcare personnel, essential workers and the most vulnerable will be prioritized, with the vaccine being offered in the following stages:
- Phase 1a: Healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents
- Phase 1b: Frontline essential workers and persons older than 75 who were not targeted in phase 1a.
- Phase 1c: Persons between the ages of 65 and 74, high-risk persons between the ages of 16 and 64, and essential workers who were not offered vaccines in phase 1b.
Phase 2 includes everyone over the age of 16, who have not been included in the previous sub-phases. The vaccine is not yet cleared for use in children under the age of 16. The exact timeframe in which these phases will roll out is difficult to determine at this stage. It will depend on the availability of the drug and the speed of delivery at the various healthcare facilities around the country.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccination, members of the public should watch the CDC website and ask their local healthcare provider. Contact Grace Federal for more information on healthcare consulting solutions.