US vaccine drive complicated by 1st, 2nd dose juggling act

US vaccine drive complicated by 1st, 2nd dose juggling act
In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, woman asks directions at the entrance to Vista View Park where a COVID-19 vaccination site has opened for second doses in Davie, Fla. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The US has entered a tricky phase of the coronavirus vaccine drive effort as providers try to ramp up the number of people getting first doses of the vaccines while also ensuring a growing number of others get second doses just when millions more Americans are becoming eligible to receive vaccines.

The need to give each person two doses a few weeks apart vastly complicates the nation’s biggest-ever vaccine drive. And persistent uncertainty about future supplies of Covid vaccines fuels worries that some people will not be able to get their second shots in time.

In some cases, local health departments and providers have said they must temporarily curb or even cancel appointments for first doses of Covid vaccine to ensure there are enough second doses for people who need them.

Nola Rudolph said she struggled to book appointments for her 68-year-old mother and 71-year-old father, who live in rural upstate New York. Everywhere she looked within driving distance was booked.

She said: “Seeing they were eligible, I was elated. Seeing they were in a dead zone, I went from very hopeful to hopeless again.”

She said she was able to arrange a second dose for her father but has not yet been able to find for her mother.

“It’s like going around in a circle,” she added.

For about the past month, the United States has administered an average of 900,000 first doses each day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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