Everything about the Covid-19 vaccine distribution has been in a state of chaos since it began. Uneven, uncertain distribution to a wide assortment of destinations. Some getting more than they requested, some getting less, some not having adequate deep freeze capability for proper storage. On top of that, there’s been chaos in many places as states try to administer the vaccine to as many people as possible.
I’ve no doubt health care workers are doing their very best, but the CDC, the federal government, and state governments keep moving the goal lines. Prioritization plans keep changing — in Colorado, at the rate the governor is going, we’ll soon have everyone moved up into the first priority group, making moot the entire prioritization plan.
I was lucky enough to get my first Moderna vaccination Saturday because of a lottery system put in place by UCHealth for those patients over 70. My second vaccination four weeks from now was also scheduled.
I breathed a lot easier for several days … until the government decided to urge states to stop reserving those second shots for everyone (like me) and start giving the first shots to as many people as possible. Urgency in getting more people vaccinated faster was the primary reason given, and it was backed up by the assertion that vaccine production has been ramped up to such a level that there’s no need to worry about getting second vaccinations done.
I disagree. Vehemently. My second shot is up in Longmont in a fridge (I hope) waiting for my return in three weeks and I don’t want to worry about it being given to someone else and whether, if it is, there will be more vaccine to replace it by the time I show up for my second shot. I have little confidence that the whole vaccination fiasco will be history by then. What’s more, the labs that make the vaccine have studied and reported that two shots are needed, either three weeks apart for Pfizer or four for Moderna. There have been no studies about the efficacy of only one vaccination, and none about what happens if the second shot isn’t received on schedule.
The government has had ten months to perfect a distribution plan, priorities, second shots, and all. Ten months for the manufacturers, the federal government, the CDC, the state governments, and the local medical offices to get on the same page. I’m not at all confident that they have accomplished that, and my joy at getting my first shot has faded into anxiety about getting my second one. I read somewhere, I think, that our governor has said he’s not going to release those reserved second shots, and I think that’s the only safe way to proceed. Crossing my fingers.