Trump administration reveals vaccine rollout plan

Local health officials awaiting more information before putting together community plan for retrieval, distribution of vaccine

VICTORIA, Texas – The Trump administration revealed a plan on  COVID-19 vaccine distribution once approved. The plan also states the vaccine will be free to all Americans.

Essential employees, healthcare workers, and other vulnerable groups would be part of the first wave of Americans to receive the vaccine.

Once approved,  state and local communities have one month to submit plans for retrieval and distribution. 

Vaccines may need to be frozen or refrigerated and would be moved to immunization sites within 24 hours of approval.

A detailed vaccination plan campaign will start steadily once a vaccine is approved, either in January or earlier.

This timeline runs somewhat contrary to what the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, stated earlier Wednesday, that a vaccine for the general public wouldn’t be available until next summer or later.

The president in a press conference addressed Redfield’s statement, “…but I don’t think he means that. I don’t think he, when he said it, I believe he was confused. I am just telling you. We are ready to go as soon as the vaccine happens.”

Most vaccines will require two doses, 21 to 28 days apart, and will have to come from the same drugmaker. 

The CEO of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Harsh Vardan, predicted in remarks Sunday, there won’t be enough doses to vaccinate the entire global population until 2024.

Victoria County Health Department officials are still awaiting information from the CDC and State Health Services regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The department stated once information is received, then the department will effectively plan out a distribution strategy.

Here is the full statement from local officials: “Currently, the VCPHD is still awaiting information from CDC and DSHS regarding COVID-19 vaccine administration as it applies to the distribution methods to local health department and medical partners, a number of doses needed per patient, cold storage requirements, and if the vaccine will be shipped in a single dose or multi-dose vials. Once we receive this information, then we will be able to effectively plan out a distribution strategy to those population groups that will be part of the first stage of vaccine distribution.”

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