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[新闻] Feds accelerate COVID-19 vaccination pace, AOA offers vaccinators’ webinar [复制链接]

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#Accelerationism #covid-19 One month into a critical U.S. coronavirus vaccination campaign still finding its stride, optometry continues doing its part in the fight against COVID-19—looking to roll up not only their own sleeves but those of patients as federal authorities urge accelerating states’ vaccination plans.

On Jan. 12, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced several urgent changes to increase vaccine supply, extend vaccination eligibility to more Americans and open additional locations for administering shots, as the nation averages nearly a quarter-million new COVID-19 cases each day. The changes, intended to hasten vaccine uptake and assist states’ response to the pandemic virus, come as more than 14.7 million Americans (over 4% of the population) reportedly have received at least one dose of vaccine. Still, that number falls well short of the 70-85% of Americans necessary for the so-called “herd immunity” threshold.

To reach that mark, HHS released reserve doses and recommends states proceed to the next phase of immunization, namely, those 65 and older or younger people with underlying health conditions. Additionally, HHS newly approved tens of thousands of pharmacies, mass vaccination sites and nearly 13,000 federally qualified health centers to administer the two-dose inoculations. What’s more, Sec. Azar indicated that states with inefficient records of vaccine administration might receive fewer doses in the future, especially given that only about a third of distributed doses had been administered.

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