In an article published in BMJ, Nina Schwalbe of the Heilbrunn Department of Community and Family Health at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health documents that the availability of COVID-19 vaccines makes a national vaccination plan essential. Schwalbe emphasizes the uncertainty of a distribution plan, distrusting the public’s unreasonable expectations and weakening public confidence.
Even with an established plan, flu vaccines won’t be simple to accomplish.
Vaccines don’t deliver themselves,” states Schwalbe, who is also a Principal Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Public Health at the United Nations University. “Vaccines require a secure, trusted and usable immunization system.”
In discussing the high death rate associated with Covid-19, Schwalbe has suggested the following:
Set reasonable goals for the role of vaccines in COVID-19 management and communicate them clearly. For example, given the limited availability, the immediate emphasis appears to be on reducing mortality among people in high-risk groups and transmission in health care settings.
The concern is not assessing herd immunity.
Request that the Biden administration endorse comprehensive health care to protect the people at risk for underlying diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, which put them at risk for serious complications.
Collaborate with employers and workers to discuss worker issues and create a strategy to address challenges.
Please read the article here.