LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – As the world awaits the release of a viable vaccine for COVID-19, a committee with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has developed a framework to help the healthcare community decide who will be in the front line to receive vaccinations. In the bud, production will be limited, so who will have the first Debs?
The hope is to provide a “fair distribution” of vaccines to fight COVID-19, The group wrote on its website. “The expectation is that such a framework would guide the decisions of health authorities … as they develop and implement national and / or local guidelines for allocating SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.”
Experts advising the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have suggested a high priority for “essential” health care workers, unfinished industries and people with pre-existing conditions. Communities at risk also include people age 65 or older.
The final decision will be made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and a “phased allocation” of resources will be discussed. At the November 23 committee meeting. Presenters will include doctors from the CDC, the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and ACIP.
The committee has prioritized levels of ensuring that the above-mentioned vulnerable communities are addressed first.
- Health workers at high risk
- First responders
- People with underlying conditions (high risk, all ages)
- Elderly people live in crowded areas
- K-12 teachers, school staff, and childcare workers
- The ‘essential’ workers in high-risk environments (community function function)
- People with underlying health conditions (moderate risk, all ages)
- Community shelter for the homeless, group homes, mentally ill, handicapped, employees in these areas
- Not all seniors were included in the first stage
- Workers in high-risk environments (community job function) not included in Phase 1 or 2
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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