While it may seem as though America in on the fast track to normalcy, thanks to the continued distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, there are some complications occurring today that are both complex and confusing.
For instance, as a number of vaccines from a number of different manufacturers continue to make the rounds around the nation, the plan to prioritize distribution to those in need or “at-risk” seems to be a bit confusing. For some essential workers, there are still weeks before they’ll be allowed to get one, while some who seem unqualified to have received an early dose have already completed their second jab.
To make matters worse, a clinic in Georgia that had been busy vaccinating people just had their allotment of vaccines taken away…because they were vaccinating local teachers.
ELBERTON, Ga. — This small city was still in shock Friday, days after state health workers raided the busiest medical clinic in the county and seized its Covid-19 vaccine supply because staffers had given doses to teachers.
Some 470 shots of the Pfizer vaccine were confiscated from the Medical Center of Elberton, a private clinic that had been the largest provider of vaccinations in Elbert County, leaving behind just enough medicine to guarantee second doses to people who have already been inoculated.
“Everything that we had tried to do up until now to vaccinate our county was just laid to waste,” Dr. Jonathan Poon, who works at the clinic, told NBC News.
It gets even crazier:
In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Health said it would not be providing any more vaccines to the medical center for the next six months until July 27.
“DPH took the action after learning the provider had been vaccinating individuals in the Elbert County School District who were outside of the current Phase 1A+ eligible population,” the agency said in a statement. “There is no other reason for the suspension than what we have previously stated.”
The Biden administration has struggled to meet their own vaccination quotas in recent days, and has considered possibly using the National Guard to help speed up distribution of these jabs.
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