NEW YORK, February 17. / TASS /. Vaccination against coronavirus in the United States will not become public until late spring. This assessment was given by the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the United States, Anthony Fauci, in an interview with CNN.
"If we talk about when the vaccine will become widely available to the main part of the population, I previously hoped that this would happen by the end of April. I thought that by that time all priority groups would be vaccinated and everyone would be able to apply for a vaccine," he said. "These estimates were based on the assumption that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will be able to offer more doses of the vaccine than it actually turns out. So the timeline for mass vaccinations is shifting. It could be mid to late May or early June."
According to the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 15 million people in the US have been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, and about 39.7 million have completed the first stage of vaccination. However, as a result, the current stock of vaccine has been used up by 72%.
According to the CDC recommendations, vaccination is still available for certain populations. These are medical personnel and patients of nursing homes, as well as other institutions of a similar type with long-term stays, the elderly (priority is given to people over 75 years old, followed by those over 65 years old), people with chronic diseases regardless of their age, employees rapid response and emergency services - firefighters, police officers, postmen, public transport drivers, agricultural workers. Employees in other industries can also get the vaccine if their work is deemed important to society.
The organization of vaccinations has already been criticized by the American media. You need to sign up for a vaccination through special sites, on which a person who wants to be vaccinated should first check whether he belongs to any of the priority categories. Then it is necessary to wait for the appearance of the "window" for vaccination, and they are selected at high speed. Elderly people who are not used to working on the Internet experience particular difficulties. Representatives of racial minorities have also criticized, pointing out that the CDC recommendations do not take into account the increased vulnerability of some groups to the coronavirus due to their lack of access to expensive medical care.