The Latest: Connecticut is a model for vaccine distribution
The vaccine distributions are off to a rocky start, but some states are moving through doses much faster than others. Connecticut is one of those states. What’s the secret? As I found out this week, the state is aggressive about making sure every dose is used and none are left sitting on shelves.
To do this, the state developed a “just-in-time inventory” system where unused doses of vaccine at a given location can be transferred to other facilities where there is demand at the end of each day. The state governor, Ned Lamont, is also allowing more flexibility over who can be vaccinated. Health facilities can determine who they think meet the eligibility requirements, and they should have a waitlist of people to call if they have more doses than expected. The priority is getting vaccines into arms, versus potentially letting vaccines go to waste by rigidly following eligibility criteria. Read more about it here.
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A Quick Q&A: How will I know when I can get a vaccine?
Unfortunately there is not yet a simple answer for this as each state is following their own distribution plan. The first phase is vaccinating health care workers and people in nursing homes. But many people outside of these groups are curious how they will know they can get vaccinated and how to ensure they won’t be forgotten. As of right now, the best advice — according to experts I spoke to this week — is to keep close tabs on your state’s health department website for updates. Also, it’s a good time to make sure you are engaged with the health care system in some way, if you can. If you haven’t been to the doctor in years, it might be time to do a check up. Make sure your health record is somewhere and that you’re part of a larger medical system. It’s likely that hospitals and doctors will at some point be reaching out to folks in their systems to provide updates and guidance over the coming months.
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