6 Million People Get COVID Vaccination, Some Health Care Workers Can’t
FEWER THAN 28% OF THE COVID VACCINES THAT HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED
(CNN) – Nearly six million people in the U.S. have received their first COVID vaccines.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21.4 million doses have been distributed.
That means fewer than 28% of the vaccines available have been administered.
The CDC points out that ratio varies between states.
Many state health officials blame the federal government for over-promising what it could deliver and a lack of money, staff and other resources for getting shots in people’s arms.
Federal health officials say the holidays and paperwork slowed things down.
Officials with Operation Warp Speed had promised to distribute 40 million doses by the end of December, with 20 million people vaccinated.
Meanwhile the American Medical Association says some independent healthcare workers are struggling to get the vaccine.
These are doctors and personnel not employed within a healthcare system.
The American Medical Association says it’s important these workers are vaccinated as well, but does note some health departments are setting up sites for them.