Covid Vaccine Eligibility Coming To All Adults In Every State
New data suggest covid vaccine demand varies significantly from place to place, with rural areas showing more reluctance. But all 50 states are planning to open vaccine eligibility to anyone aged 16 and over soon.
All 50 States Will Open Covid-19 Vaccine Eligibility To Everyone 16 And Older
All 50 states have announced when they plan to open up coronavirus vaccinations to everyone eligible under US Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations -- if they haven't done so already. Arkansas is the latest state to announce plans to expand vaccine eligibility to anyone 16 and older, starting on Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced. (Howard, 3/30)
Demand For Coronavirus Vaccines Varies Significantly Across The U.S.
Some states are expanding vaccine eligibility partially because of a troubling reason: Not enough people want to get vaccinated. Vaccine supplies are still limited, but they're already outpacing demand in some parts of the country, especially rural areas. And that could be a bad sign for the future. (Owens, 3/31)
The Great Vaccination Campaign
As of today, more than 565 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered around the world, at a rate of about 14 million doses a day. Shots are being given at mass-vaccination sites, hospitals, small clinics, and in people’s homes, as governments and organizations work to reach everyone currently eligible. The work has only just begun, though; despite encouraging early numbers, only 4 percent of the global population has received at least one dose so far. Collected here are images from around the world over the past few months, of people delivering and receiving vaccines to protect against the dreaded COVID-19. (Taylor, 3/30)
Drugstores Can’t Wait For Scheduling Covid Shots To Get Simpler
While millions of Covid-19 vaccine doses are available, it could be months until anyone can just walk into their local pharmacy for a dose, a frustrating situation for big chains like Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and CVS Health Corp., as well as their customers. People still need to make appointments online or over the phone to get vaccinated at drugstores, a policy designed to prevent crowds from forming and help pharmacists manage scarce supplies. The system isn’t working optimally and is unlikely to change anytime soon, said Rina Shah, Walgreens vice president of pharmacy operations. (LaVito, 3/30)
The Washington Post:
Michigan’s Whitmer Asks White House To Surge Vaccines To Virus Hot Spots As Cases Climb
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), battling a surge of coronavirus infections in her state, appealed on Tuesday to White House officials to shift away from a strict population-based formula for vaccine allocation and instead rush more doses to hard-hit parts of the country. “I know that some national public health experts have suggested this as an effective mitigation tool,” she said during the White House coronavirus response team’s weekly call with governors, according to a recording of the conversation obtained by The Washington Post. “And I know we’d certainly welcome this approach in our state.” (Stanley-Becker, 3/31)