Former HHS Sec. Leavitt says state vaccination plans ‘getting too granular,’ slowing distribution down

Former HHS Sec. Leavitt says state vaccination plans ‘getting too granular,’ slowing distribution down

Former
Health
and
Human
Services
Secretary
Mike
Leavitt
said
Saturday
that
state

coronavirus

vaccination
plans
are
“getting
too
granular,”
in
turn
slowing
distribution. 

Leavitt,
who
is
also
the
former
Governor
of
Utah
and
former
EPA
administrator,
said
that
he’s
less
concerned
with
manufacturers
being
able
to
produce
vaccines
quickly
enough
and
more
concerned
with
“being
able
to
get
it
to
the
arms
of
people.” 

“My
suggestion
is
we
have
to
realize
from
what
we’ve
learned
so
far,
they’re
getting
too
granular
in
the
way
we
pass
this
out
slows
us
down,”
Leavitt
said
on
“America’s
News
HQ.”
“I
think
the
goal
ought
to
be
get
as
many
places
issuing
or
administering
the
vaccine
as
possible
and
just
get
it
to
available
arms.”

Still,
amid
a
rollout
that
has
frustrated
Americans
still
unable
to
get
the

shot,
Leavitt
expressed
optimism
for
the
weeks
ahead.
“I
think
within
a
few
weeks
we’re
going
to
see
this
become
a
much
better-oiled
machine,
if
you
will,
and
that
we’ll
see
improvement.”


FLORIDA
LIMITS
COVID-19
VACCINE
TO
RESIDENTS

The
Centers
for
Disease
Control
(CDC)
has
issued
guidelines
for
“Phase
1a”
through
“Phase
1c,”
starting
with
healthcare
workers
and
residents
of
long
term
care
facilities,
but
has
left
the
ultimate
decision
up
to
states
for
who
gets
the
jab
when. 

On
Thursday the
CDC
quietly
changed
its
guidelines
to
say
that
the

first
and
second
dose
could
be
spaced
six
weeks
apart,
rather
than
three. 

Some
governors
have
enacted
narrower
vaccine
qualifications
than
others,
and
some
have
relaxed
their
stringent
guidelines
after
an
underwhelming
rollout. 

New
York
Gov.
Andrew
Cuomo
had
stuck
to
rigid
guidelines
allowing
only
health
care
workers
and
long
term
care
residents
to
get
the
jab
and
threatening
healthcare
providers
with
fines
up
to
$1
million
if
they
offered
it
to
anyone
else.
He
was
looking
for
nearly
all
in
those
groups
to
have
gotten
the
vaccine
before
moving
to
the
next
category.

But
after
reports
of
unused
or
spoiled
supply
and
begging
from
New
York
City
Mayor
Bill
de
Blasio
and
other
officials,
the
Democratic
governor
expanded
eligibility
to
include
other
frontline
workers
and
those
over
75.
On
Thursday,
the
governor’s
office
boasted
that
93
percent
of
first
doses
New
York
had
received
from
the
federal
government
had
been
put
to
use,
and
lamented
that
the
state
would
run
out
of
vaccine
before
its
next
shipment. 


CDC
SAYS
COVID-19
VACCINE
CAN
BE
GIVEN
6
WEEKS
APART

The
CDC
has
said
about
17.4
million
people
have
received
at
least
one
dose
of
their
Covid
vaccine
and
over
3
million
people
have
been
fully
vaccinated. 

The
federal
government
said
Saturday
it
had
delivered
41.4
million
doses
to
states.
Federal
health
officials
in
the
past
have
said
they
do
not
have
a
clear
understanding
why
only
a
portion
of
doses
shipped
across
the
nation
have
been
used. 

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According
to
data
from
this
week,
West
Virginia
led
the
pack
administering
the
highest
percentage
of
doses
it
had
received
at
72.28
percent,
followed
by
North
Dakota,
South
Dakota,
New
Mexico
and
Connecticut.
Alabama
was
last,
having
only
distributed
33.65
percent
of
the
vaccine
it’d
been
given,
behind
Virginia,
California,
Arizona
and
Georgia. 

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