The Most Urgent Vaccination Effort Since Polio Shots in the 1950s has Launched

Mish

As the number of US deaths climbed past 300,000, a mass vaccination effort begins.

First Covid-19 Vaccine Given to U.S. Public

Sandra Lindsay, a critical-care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens NY was among the First to Receive the Shot Monday Morning.

The first U.S. Covid-19 vaccinations outside of clinical trials began Monday, kicking off the most urgent mass immunization campaign since polio shots were rolled out in the 1950s.

A total of 55 sites nationwide had received vaccine shipments by around noon on Monday, said Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operation officer for Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government’s coronavirus-response program. He said at a news conference that plans remain on track for a total of 636 locations to receive vaccines by Wednesday and an additional 581 between Thursday and Sunday, completing distribution of an initial 2.9 million doses. The vaccines are given in two doses several weeks apart.

The government has a reserve of 500,000 doses in case any problems arise, he added.

Vaccinations in California

Bloomberg reports Vaccine Meets New Cases in California.

California Governor Gavin Newsom looking on, a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Los Angeles began vaccinating health-care workers Monday, as the first 33,150 doses arrived in the state. The first round of Pfizer vaccine doses went to four California hospitals -- in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Eureka -- with 29 more facilities scheduled to receive shipments in the next two days, Newsom said.

The pandemic continues to rage across the state, and Newsom noted that the number of doses that arrived Monday was roughly equal to the number of new cases recorded in the state on Sunday.

California will vaccinate its roughly 2 million health-care workers first, and hasn’t released its plan for giving doses to anyone else, except for residents of nursing homes.

Worst Covid Week Ever

Worst Week Ever

On December 10, the Covid Tracking Project noted Our Worst Week Yet

By nearly all measures it has been a horrible week, a horrible month (nine days in), and a horrible year. The United States set pandemic records in all three metrics that measure the pandemic’s severity this week, recording a total of 1.4 million new cases and 15,966 deaths. Yesterday, states and territories reported 3,088 deaths from COVID-19—a record no one wanted to see—and the average number of deaths per day this week exceeded 2,000, surpassing the highest average we saw in the spring’s deadly first surge. More than 106,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. 

If the patterns we’ve traced here since spring hold true, the worst is yet to come. Given the rapid increase in the number of new cases, we expect the metrics for hospitalizations and deaths to continue to rise in the coming weeks—especially if in-person gatherings over Thanksgiving led to increased spread of the novel coronavirus, as public health experts warned. 

Vaccination Poll

Vaccine Priorities

A new ABC News/Ipsos Poll finds many Americans believe elected officials and athletes should be towards the back of the line.

Survey Details 

  • Large majorities of Americans say health care workers (91%), first responders (87%), the elderly (83%), and people with preexisting conditions (84%) should be high priority.
  • Only 16% say elected officials and 9% athletes should be high priority.
  • Two in five (40%) say they will get the vaccine as soon as it is available, particularly those over 65 years in age (57%).
  • Almost half (44%) say they will wait a bit, particularly minority respondents (52%).
  • Fewer than one in five (15%) say the will never get the vaccine, particularly Republicans (26%).
  • Only about a third (39%) of Americans think states should make the vaccine mandatory for residents.

Other topics in past polls include George Floyd, slave reparations, and education.

Be careful when scrolling through. The previous poll was July 24, so some of the topics are very stale.

I have high hopes for this vaccination effort even though new variant mutations keep occurring.

Mish 

Comments (81)
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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

I’m willing to believe Pfizer the they report that the vaccine. is highly efficacious....but remember that only time can tell us how long the immunity lasts.....

There is no way to rush that and know ahead of time...we will just find out over time.

I got an email from hospital I’m associated with and one from the Texas Dental Association.

The people getting vaccinated now are in what they are calling Phase 1A Tier1.....healthcare workers directing contacting the COVID ill...and some nursing home residents.

The TDA (and the ADA) are trying to get dentists assigned to Phase A1 Tier2......basically the second group...but from what I understand, no real determination has even been made at this point about who will be in that next group

We have a couple of difficult months ahead....I think it will be that long before we can get the vaccine

Operation Snail Speed.

Sechel
Sechel

Don't know about elected officials but athletes should definitely not be at the front o the line for vaccinations. Currently there are over 300,000 americans and the death rate exceeds 3,000 per day. we have several vaccines developed in record time, a true achievement but the challenge will be in getting Americans to take the vaccine. Trump has embraced the anti-vax movement in the past. The movement is an extension of the anti-science and anti-authority gripping this country and promoted by movements like QAnon. To be succesful we're going to need everyone or virtually everyone to get vaccinated. It's not dicussed enough but the country will seriously need to consider mandating vaccination.

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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

Many anti-mask are anti-vax and trump nuts so immunity will likely take longer than more people think but at least the trumpnuts will get the disease and slowly die off.

amigator
amigator

A bit of historical context, last pandemic Spanish flu (1917-1918) approximately 675,000 casualties. Let’s see how we end up.

Of course most all the deaths will be pinned on hmmmmmm let me guess!

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

If Saddam Hussein had anthrax in 2003 we all would have been dead by now. Yeah. Thanks for the cheap oil!!!

TwisterTim
TwisterTim

Just remember, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are EMERGENCY USE ONLY; The FDA itself says they are still UNAPPROVED !! There is no data on various endpoints such as
effect on nursing home citizens,effect on citizens already infected and recovered from Covid 19, and no data for serious comorbidities and immunocompromised citizens.

Rushed vaccines are never a good thing especially here, the IFR is 0.03% for those under 50. There are several examples of botched vaccine rollouts in history, easily researched.

EUA is simply phase 4 of the clinical trials on the Public, and I for one do not want to participate.

Doug78
Doug78

My daughter who works in health just got her vaccine. Here in France I am in the age risk group but except for some vague announcements we haven't heard much about if or when the vaccinations start. Sanofi which has a speciality in making vaccines ran into problems with theirs earlier this month. The trials showed weak results with most groups and bad ones with the older group so it's back to the drawing board and they hope to have one in a year. Being American but living in Europe allows me to compare programs and outcomes with the virus itself and that is very interesting but something even more amusing (or depressing) comes from comparing the different news flows.

Doug78
Doug78

By many having German ancestry obviously.

njbr
njbr

The fewer the people avoiding the vaccine, the lower the number of cases.

And the fewer the number of cases, the possibility of the virus dying out of circulation gets higher.

The longer the virus circulates, at even a low level, the possibility of a bad mutation goes higher.

If you had a 100% effective vaccine take by 100% of the people, there would be no virus left.

In that case, you would probably have to be vaccinated only once.

The more people who refuse to be vaccinated, the longer the virus stays around, and the possibility of needing an annual vaccine goes up.

Sechel
Sechel

Are there any dashboards yet where the public can track the vaccination efforts?

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

If you're inclined to heap scorn on those who are leery of these new vaccines, or Marin County anti-vaxers, or ardent followers of Robert Kennedy Jr., remember these words: "Single point of failure."

I speak as someone who wanted to be included in a phase 1 trial, but they did not take people in my demographic.

NewUlm
NewUlm

This is a math problem, health care professionals are not only at risk of getting C19 but are the biggest spread vector outside of the home, so it should quickly lead to less death - even today 40% of deaths are from LTCs. Then once we get to the 26 million over 70 that should reduce death by 70%. Based on the numbers of vaccines it will be effectively over by March, but politically it will take to the summer to adjust back to some norms.

Rbm
Rbm

Well i figured by now trump would of sent a majority of doses to states that support him.

RonJ
RonJ

More and more studies are coming out that show strong efficacy for Ivermectin.

A new study in Argentina, of 800 health care workers taking Ivermectin as prophilaxis, resulted in none becoming sick. 400 others were not given Ivermectin, with 238 becoming sick. A perfect score for Ivermectin users has not been achieved in other studies, but it is showing to be highly effective.

Webej
Webej

Again, no group of people who are already immune ?!

Webej
Webej

The problem is the Pharma/Governmentality complex doesn't want any solutions other than lockdown||vaccinate 7 billion people (some of whom will promptly starve)||no human life without bioSecurity clearance.

Why would they recommend remdesavir which has adverse effects for 60% of the people and serious effects on 20% (liver/kidney damage) and NO benefit. (The 15 instead of 11 days in the hospital applies only to patients with ventilation but not intubation, not with mild, or moderate, or severe symptoms, but only those with moderately severe symptoms -- a very tiny super specific bucket of patients)

ipso_facto
ipso_facto

Did not hesitate to push the propaganda here. Wow. What happened?


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