25% of vaccine doses have been received by Rhode Islanders 60 or older

THREE QUARTERS of Rhode Islanders who have received the vaccine against COVID-19 are under age 60. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
THREE QUARTERS of Rhode Islanders who have received the vaccine against COVID-19 are under age 60. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders who are anxiously awaiting vaccination against the COVID-19 virus will now have a better idea of who has been getting it. The R.I. Department of Health website now includes a demographic breakdown of vaccine recipients, including factors such as age, race and ethnicity. Through Jan. 15, 51,220 doses of the two…
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  1. The metric should be focused on eliminating DEATHS first. Age is by far the most relevant factor and by far the easiest to administer. Focus on age and make this simple AND effective. And, by the way, it is fair and equitable. Start with the oldest and work your way down. You’ll have the most vulnerable population done in 10 weeks. You’ll decrease deaths, speed up the process, allow for easy verification and administration and the public will understand it as fair and equitable. Stop the nonsense and get on with it. The snail’s pace and convoluted rollout process is a disservice to the doctor’s and nurses who worked 24 x 7 for nearly a year now helping those to cope with the virus; not to mention the scientists who worked round the clock to come up with a vaccine in record time. We can and must do better.