COVID-19 vaccination campaign: Who is currently eligible for the vaccine?
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Because the supply of the COVID vaccine is expected to be limited at first, the CDC has provided recommendations for federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated in priority, following Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) advice.
The CDC recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine supplies be allocated to the following groups in phases:
Phase 1a: Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities
Phase 1b: Frontline essential workers (such as firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural works, USPS workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
People aged 75+ - People in this age group who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a
Phase 1c: People aged 65-74 - People in this age group who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a
People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
Other essential workers, such as those who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.
As the vaccine supply increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups.
While the CDC makes recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first, each state has its own plan for deciding who will be vaccinated first and how they can receive vaccines. Make sure to consult your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccination in your area.
What do you think about the vaccination program? How is it going in your state or local area? Do you think it's going fast enough? Have you received or been contacted to receive the vaccine yet? If so, how was your experience?
Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences here!
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I have not had the shots yet but will take it once it's a available in my state ( Tennessee ). I'm overweight, have PTSD, Social anxiety, bipolar 1 with psychotic. Featured, am also diabetic , and have sleep apnea. It is hard to handle sometimes. Vaccinations are good. I definitely want the vaccine. Covid has put a damper on my life , almost as much as my illnesses. I feel the vaccination plan in Tennessee is slower than ever. Cause It's waiting for the high risk pts to get the vaccine. I'm only 53.
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Mary K Rhea
I’m not sure about the shot I’m afraid of it but also afraid not to have it
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I had my first shot yesterday. I was very impressed at the organization of the event. The building was a former grocery store and each "station" from the first area to the waiting area after the shot was well thought out. The nurses and other workers there all very friendly. I received what they called the Golden ticket, a card the CDC provides me to record the type of vaccine I got (Pfizer) and the date of my second scheduled one in 3 weeks. At the exit, I even received a thank you for participating. I am 71 and live in St Louis, Mo. I had registered on line with several sites although this one was thru Barnes Jewish and was the last one I signed with. I feel good I will soon be fully vaccinated!
I live in northern Iowa and got the 1st shot on Friday, March 5th because of my asthma. And will get the 2nd dose March 26th.
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