R.I. health officials stress need for more vaccine doses

Updated on Feb. 2.

CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 698 on Wednesday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
CASES OF COVID-19 in Rhode Island increased by 698 on Wednesday. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PROVIDENCE – State health officials on Thursday said that Rhode Island is going at a “good pace” regarding administering the COVID-19 vaccinations to the community, they reiterated that Rhode Island still does not currently have enough vaccines to administer doses to all within the high-risk and older populations. Dr. Philip Chan, infectious disease physician from…
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  1. So if i understand Dr. Chan…..” (para) there’s just too many people over 65 for the supply we’re getting so we won’t bother starting with that group… it’s too hard, it’s much easier to complain about the supply instead and give out the doses to healthy young “essential” people”……Really? Seems to me that if all you had is one dose -it should go to the most vulnerable person. Go by year born. Oldest first. Easy to administer, fair and equitable. If it takes 10 weeks so be it. Every week you’d be reducing the death rate since 80% of the deaths and hospitalizations are in that age group. There’s no proof that a vaccinated (healthy young) person will actually stop the TRANSMISSION of the disease to another person..Dr Alexander-Scott admits that… (and therefore you can’t necessarily control the SPREAD) but there IS clinical evidence that a vaccinated person has a 95% chance of NOT catching the virus and therefore when given to the most vulnerable you are preventing DEATHS. So you can’t control the spread but you CAN control the DEATH Rate. And to me that’s something you must focus on and I’d argue you are morally obligated to focus on. This is getting ridiculous now. It’s the same excuse day in and day out and we’ve made no meaningful progress with protecting the most vulnerable. Vaccinate the oldest first, mask up everyone else and attack it from both ends. Do that first and continue to put pressure on the supply side.