COVID-19 vaccines should first go to health workers, first responders, group recommends – Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com

With supplies of any coronavirus vaccine likely to be in short supply initially, a special U.S. committee explained how it believes distribution should be prioritized.

With supplies of any coronavirus vaccine likely to be in short supply initially, a special U.S. committee explained how it believes distribution should be prioritized. Front-line health care workers and first responders should be first in line, panel members suggested, followed by people with underlying conditions that elevate their risk of severe COVID-19 disease. Those phases cover 5% and 10% of the country, respectively. The experts, who represent the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, said the next wave of doses should go to teachers, child-care providers, transit workers, and other high-risk groups who make up 30%–35% of the population. Young adults, children, and university and hotel employees would be among the 40%–45% of the population vaccinated in the next phase. Any other Americans would be last to receive the vaccine under the plan, which calls for recipients to pay nothing out of pocket. The NAS committee’s report is available here.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel