Florida’s “first come, first served” new crown vaccination program for the elderly has led to confusion, CNN reported Wednesday. Florida’s county-level plan to vaccinate the elderly with the new crown vaccine has caused a large-scale competition for the limited dose vaccine, leading to the queuing of vaccination sites for several hours, and the flooding of county-level Department hotlines and websites.
The health department of Li County in southwestern Florida encourages all elderly people aged 65 and above, as well as front-line medical staff, to go to seven vaccination sites for vaccination. The county claimed that each vaccination point had only 300 doses of vaccine, but “there was no need to make an appointment.”. The “first come, first served” rule led to overnight queues on the 29th, with people camping on lawn chairs and waiting for hours.
Bruce Scott, one of the residents, told CNN that he arrived at miles’ vaccination site at 1:30 a.m. and waited in line for about eight to nine hours to get vaccinated. “While I’m happy that I’ve been vaccinated, I feel that there has to be a better way to distribute it,” he says. For those who really need it, such as the elderly, who may have some mobility problems, they can’t stand this process, so there must be a better way to deal with this problem. “
CNN pointed out that this long wait indicates a chaotic vaccine promotion work, reflecting the potential demand of the American people for vaccines and the logistical difficulties faced by orderly vaccination. The problem is partly due to the lack of consistent guidance from the federal government on vaccination, and President trump left the States to make their own decisions. Florida governor Ron de Santis refused to accept the CDC’s proposal to vaccinate the elderly first, followed by key staff. De santes encouraged the health authorities in each county to make their own decisions about vaccination.
Florida is one of the few states in the United States to begin vaccinating people in addition to the first batch of health care workers and long-term care facilities. So far, according to Johns Hopkins University, the state has distributed more than 150000 doses of the vaccine, only second to Texas.
Other counties in Florida are also trying to book vaccinations for people who register online or through hotlines. Orange County’s Department of health has set up an online portal to book vaccinations, with 30000 appointments in the past 24 hours. The county then said it had reached the capacity limit and closed its online portal on Wednesday.
Palm Beach County’s Department of health has instructed people aged 65 and over to call the appointment hotline to qualify for vaccination. However, the county said that the hotline can only answer 150 calls at a time, which is already overburdened.