The coronavirus has been a deadly virus that has been confirmed to be over a year old. It has caused a pandemic and has created restrictions to all livelihoods. The main question stands, “When will it end?”
While the vaccine has been created there is a struggle within the US government in distributing the vaccine. This is mainly due to lack of preparation, although there has been many talks about finding a vaccine no one knew how close we were. Unexpectedly we finished in a fifth of the time.
According to NYtimes, “Congress passed a stimulus package on Dec. 27 that will provide $9 billion toward vaccination costs, on top of $340 million that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent to the states in September and December. But the new funds will arrive long after local health departments — already overburdened with mass testing and contact tracing efforts — had to begin planning for and administering vaccines.”
However, even with the proper funding in place there are still many obstacles the government has to face. They had to find a way to properly distribute the vaccine even with this overwhelming demand. A example shown also on NYtimes,
“The process is entering a new level of chaos as public health departments begin to make the vaccine available to high-risk members of the general public. In Houston, the city health department’s phone system crashed on Saturday, the first day of a free vaccination clinic, after receiving more than 250,000 calls.
Older people in Tullahoma, Tenn., lined up on a sidewalk Saturday, leaning on walkers and sitting in lawn chairs, wrapped in blankets and heavy coats, to wait for the county health department to open its free clinic. The clinic exhausted its supply of vaccine before 10 a.m.”
With the vaccine being available after the holidays it was expected that the virus would have gotten worse. This resulted in terrible shortages as the states and cities struggle to distribute. With distribution being an issue, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the bigger concern is getting more people to take the vaccine. In Ohio, for instance, Gov. Mike DeWine has said that about 60 percent of nursing home workers in the state have declined to be vaccinated so far. This poses big problems and can ultimately lead to more casualties.
With better planning we would have better prepared for the vaccine as well as the public acceptance to the vaccine.