😷 PSA: Other than the homeless, there’s no legitimate reason to earmark a 1-dose #COVID19 vaccine on the basis of socioeconomic status.
Let’s not perpetuate systemic racism by adopting policy or accepting “expert” takes that effectively create a two-tiered vaccination system.
In case anyone is curious: the reason that the homeless population is an exception is b/c it’s literally orders of magnitude more difficult to get them to return to the same clinic/facility for follow-up care.
The exception to the exception: homeless persons in shelters.
In case anyone missed the news: the Pfizer vaccine no longer requires ultra-cold storage. It can be stored at standard freezer temperatures for up to 2 weeks.
👀 ”There is a severe shortage of protective equipment, such as N95 respirators, face shields, goggles, gowns, and gloves. The goggles are made of plastic that must be repeatedly cleaned and sterilised in the ward, making them difficult to see through.”
“Due to the need for frequent hand washing, several of our colleagues' hands are covered in painful rashes. As a result of wearing an N95 respirator for extended periods of time and layers of protective equipment, some nurses now have pressure ulcers on their ears and forehead.”
“When wearing a mask to speak with patients, our voices are muted, so we have to speak very loudly.”
“In order to save energy and the time it takes to put on and take off protective clothing, we avoid eating and drinking for 2 hours before entering the isolation ward.”
“As of October 1, the number of cases meeting the case definition for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the United States surpassed 1,000. “s of February 1, this number surpassed 2,000.”
🔸 Median age = 9 years (range from newborn to 20 yrs old)
🔸 69% have occurred in children who are Hispanic or Latino (690 cases) or Black (600 cases)
🔸99% (2,039 cases) tested positive for #SARSCoV2 (the virus that causes #COVID19)
If given the option of zipcode-level demographics vs. "unknown race/ethnicity" — I'll take the zipcode level data in a heartbeat. The idea is to make the most of what you have. Once better data is available, switch to that.
What should not be an option is waiting or guessing.
Specifically, the current team is allowing FEMA to move forward with business as usual, despite the fact that many of the same players and playbooks that led to disparities in access to #COVID19 testing are now applying the same approach to setting up mass vaccination sites.
The statement is demonstrably false, and I have the emails and internal documents to prove that FEMA was leading the operational side of the response effort through June, and has played a role throughout.
It’s alarming that some on Biden’s team seem to *still* be in the dark.
2/Don’t be fooled by the 26% drop in new cases— we’re still at 5X the upper limit of very high community transmission and half the counties in the state are in the “Red Zone” for new cases and % test positivity.