CDC recommends new order for vaccine distribution, but Rhode Island stays the course

RHODE ISLAND has numerous groups of people in its Phase 1, but not people aged 65 to 75. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday shifted its stance on the order of who should get the vaccine for COVID-19, moving people aged 65 and above, or 16 and above with underlying health conditions, into the first phase of distribution. The advisory so far hasn’t moved the R.I. Department…

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  1. It’s RI’s plan that makes no sense and is confusing; not Florida’s. Makes no sense that a 25 year old, no matter your profession, should be ahead of a 65 year old. The chances of death or hospitalization is greater for the 65 year old. That’s simple, easy to understand and allows for a fair and equitable distribution to ALL Rhode Islanders and is in line with the health experts at CDC. At 1.5% rate per week – we’re looking at well over a year. That’s not acceptable and actually quite ridiculous. Those aged 65 and older represent 16.5% of RI pop. Even at RI’s snail pace that means you can get the highest risk done in 11 weeks.
    This isn’t rocket science. This needs to be a 24×7 operation – there should be no greater priority and no rest for the weary. Time to step up, Rhode Island. No excuse with the release of all available doses to get at least first dose done in 5.5 weeks.