It was a month after Operation Warp Speed began, and few people were vaccinated as planned. But significant progress has been made.
“Almost 38 million total doses of the vaccine to date, including about 25 million first doses, have been made available to states against a prescription, and more became available this week,” the US secretary said. in Health and Social Services Alex Azar.
He says by next week 95% of nursing homes will have received their first doses of the vaccine.
There is going to be a change in who is now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Federal officials want anyone 65 and older, and adults with serious pre-existing conditions, to be the next to receive the vaccine.
“State restrictions on eligibility have hampered the speed and accessibility of administration,” Azar said.
“At the end of the day, we want everyone who wants a vaccine to be vaccinated and we will continue to work tirelessly to achieve that,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said Tuesday.
Pennsylvania health officials say they are reviewing the new federal government guidelines and are happy all vaccines are released, but for planning purposes more communication is needed.
“We want to know how much vaccine is going to be sent to specific hospitals and the more details we have, for example, the better we can prepare,” Levine said.
The federal government also wants more sites where people can get vaccinated.
Pennsylvania health officials say they hope to have a plan to implement the federal government’s recommendations by next week.