Massachusetts has submitted an interim plan for the distribution of coronavirus vaccines, as required by the CDC. The national plan follows the CDC’s manual, defining three phases of delivery as more vaccines become available, both in volume and variety.
Pfizer, one of the first four companies expected to release vaccines, said yesterday it could provide data to the Food and Drug Administration for review by mid-November. FDA officials said it could take weeks to review the data and determine if the vaccine is safe and effective. Pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, are producing massive amounts of their vaccine pending approval.
Massachusetts says it expects to receive between 20,000 and 60,000 doses of phase I vaccine. Priority, as proposed by the CDC, will be on health care and other key workers who treat patients with or may be exposed to COVID-1
The Baker administration says even 60,000 doses will not be enough to cover all priority groups, so hospitals and long-term care facilities will have to create their own lists of providers and patients who will be vaccinated first.
The state plan notes that not all hospitals and nursing homes can be equipped to control and track the spread of gunshots. Two of the earliest expected vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, require delivery and storage below zero. Both vaccines require two shots, one given at 21-day intervals and the other 28 days. Massachusetts plans to use the National Guard to help qualified nurses meet these vaccine distribution requirements.
In the second phase, as more doses and varieties of vaccines become available, Massachusetts says it will rely on community health centers to vaccinate colored patients and those in lower-income areas who have had higher levels of COVID. -19 from the state as a whole.
The Baker administration says it will work closely with phase two pharmacies to increase the spread of vaccines and could create emergency relief sites to reach areas not covered by hospitals or community health centers.
The state plans to track the spread of coronavirus vaccines through the Massachusetts Immunization Information System. Its website says that “MIIS is in the process of being implemented across the country” and some doctors doubt that it will be ready for this large-scale and complex vaccination effort. The CARES law provides funding to expand follow-up programs, but national leaders say they are not enough.
In phase three, when there are enough drugs to vaccinate all residents of the state, the Baker administration says it plans to work to ensure that everyone receives free photos as soon as possible. The state says it will target areas with low levels of vaccination and “develop culturally appropriate strategies to address them, including engaging trusted community leaders and influencers within identified communities.”
Polls show that between 35% and 51% of Americans would either not receive the vaccine or are reluctant to do the shots. To address this fear and mistrust, the Baker administration’s plan has a three-part communication strategy that includes messages created by an outside company, broadcast and social media ads, and the reach of Black, Latinx, and other communities. who experience disproportionately high hospitalization and mortality due to the COVID-19 pandemic.