V-Day – With the vaccine comes hope

By: Sue Schade

Posted on: December 9, 2020

Category: My Heroes , Hospital-Based Medicine , Physician

V-Day – With the vaccine comes hope

The UK administered the first fully tested and approved COVID-19 vaccine this week. The U.S. could be administering the vaccine as early as next week. There is hope!

Projections are that by summer 2021, most everyone in the U.S. who wants a vaccine will be able to get it. There is hope!

The Biden Administration’s health team has been announced. There will be a new reliance on clinicians, scientists, and public health experts. There is hope!

And yet, the challenges are many. To name just a few: overall supply vs demand, distribution logistics and storage, logistics of administering the vaccine, establishing guidelines for prioritized groups to receive it, ensuring both doses are administered at the right time interval, and of course public trust in the vaccine.

As I have read and listened the past week, I have learned how the free market impacts the availability of key components for the manufacturers, that each state can decide on their group priorities after the CDC publishes the guidelines, and that only about 60% of the population say they are willing to take the vaccine.

On a more encouraging note, I have heard how provider organizations have been developing their vaccine administration plan for months and how a leading pharmacy chain is planning to scale administration across their 10,000 locations and has an app ready to go for tracking patients, scheduling appointments, and sending reminders for the second dose.

I encourage you to check out these resources to understand the issues involved:

In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt podcast – Toolkit: Where and When Can I Get the Vaccine? He talks about the science with Dr. David Agus and the logistics with CVS Health’s Tom Moriarty. Together they answer questions from listeners.

Interview with Dr. Atul Gawande in the New Yorker by David Remnick – Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Prospects for Ending the Pandemic. It covers a lot of ground and Dr. Gawande is as insightful here as he is in his regular New Yorker pieces and many books.

New York Times article by David Leonhardt – The Vaccine as Fire Hose. It references a new paper in the journal Health Affairs (one of the authors is Dr. Rochelle Walensky of Massachusetts General Hospital who President-elect Biden has chosen to run the CDC). The analogy to a fire hose is very understandable.  One of the other authors, A. David Paltiel, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, told Leonhardt, “Bluntly stated, we’ll get out of this pandemic faster if we give the vaccine less work to do”. Simply stated, that means we all must do our part and continue to wear masks and social distance.

For extra credit (and hope), another In the Bubble podcast – Inside the Biden COVID Task Force (with Task Force Co-Chair Vivek Murthy). Dr. Murthy has been nominated as the next Surgeon General in the Biden administration having also served in that role under President Obama. The competence, compassion and caring I heard in this interview is reassuring and gives me optimism for the future.

Probably nobody besides my family cares if I take the vaccine. Three of our former Presidents – Clinton, Bush, and Obama – have said they will take the vaccine on camera when it is their turn. They want to send a message to the public that they trust it. I too will take it as soon as I am in an eligible group. I don’t expect there will be any cameras. But I too am ready to lead by example and trust the vaccine!

Be well. Be strong. Be Smart.

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