Seniors struggle with technical hurdles when signing up for Covid-19 vaccine

CNBC's Elle Thomas reports that many seniors are having difficulty navigating the digital maze to get in line for the coronavirus vaccine. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
The Trump administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines that expand coronavirus vaccine eligibility to everyone age 65 and older as well as to those with comorbid conditions, like diabetes.
The states’ focus on vaccinating health-care workers and nursing homes has created a bottleneck, a senior administration official told CNBC, speaking on condition of anonymity in advance of the formal announcement.
“The states are being told immediately they need to expand to 65-plus as well as those under 65 with comorbid conditions,” the official said.
The administration will also stop holding back millions of doses reserved for the second round of shots of Pfizer and Moderna’s two-dose vaccines, the official said, adding they released doses that had been held in reserve on Sunday.
“States should not be waiting to complete phase 1a prioritization before proceeding to broader categories of eligibility,” Azar said Tuesday, explaining the new guidance. “Think of it like boarding an airplane. You might have a sequential order in which you board people. But you don’t wait ’til literally every person from a group is boarded before moving on to the next.”
Some 53 million Americans who are 65 and older and 110 million people between 16 and 64 with comorbid conditions will now be eligible to receive the vaccine if every state adopts the guidelines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced Friday that his administration planned to release all doses held in reserve.
The Trump administration was expected to announce the change at a press conference Tuesday with officials from Operation Warp Speed, the White House vaccine program.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also confirmed the changes in an interview with Fox News Tuesday morning, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s previous prioritization guidelines to states was “actually causing governors and states to slow a little bit.”
“We are going to have clear guidance from the CDC to governors that they should vaccinate people 65 and above and anyone below 64 who has a chronic medical condition,” he said.
U.S. officials are trying to pick up the pace of vaccinations after a slower-than-expected rollout.
As of Monday morning, more than 25.4 million doses had been distributed across the U.S., but just over 8.9 million shots have been administered, according to CDC data. The number is a far cry from the federal government’s goal of inoculating 20 million Americans by the end of 2020 and 50 million Americans by the end of this month.
State and local health officials have said they are strapped for cash. They blame insufficient funding and inconsistent communication from the federal government for the slow rollout.
Democrats and some public health experts have criticized the administration for the slow pace. In a letter Monday, Senate Democrats demanded the administration make changes, saying it has “failed” states by not providing detailed guidance on how to effectively distribute the doses.
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  1. HeartDoc Andrew

    HeartDoc Andrew

    8 天 前

    "Seniors struggle with technical hurdles when signing up for Covid-19 vaccine" thereby re-affirming, yet again, that #CoveySpreader #DJT is "utterly incompetent" as per the words of both his own Federal Judge elder-sister Maryanne Trump Barry and his own Clinical Psychologist niece Dr. Mary Trump. May #ImPOTUS45 always hear "You're fired" via the unwavering reality of election results that reject him who is the cause of #MourningInAmerica (per #LincolnProject).

  2. miss kitty

    miss kitty

    9 天 前

    Ohio has one phone number to call for vaccine questions..one phone number for millions of people! And of course you can't get through to anybody! It's pathetic!

  3. jaketinsley1987

    jaketinsley1987

    11 天 前

    You have pre existing conditions when you went to ER but died of Covid 19. You got the vaccine and suffered fallout injury yet you died of your pre existing conditions not the vaccine injury. CDC LOGIC

  4. Agresseur

    Agresseur

    11 天 前

    If the Republican Party and it's criminal leader would have spent half the effort and money as they did building a worthless wall and flying around spewing hate lies about the election then we would likely not have 4,000 die every single day of COVID. Recall all the lying Republicans NOW!

    • jaketinsley1987

      jaketinsley1987

      11 天 前

      Give up youre delusional believing and brainwashed by your governments failed 2 party system. Grow up!

  5. Sunshine

    Sunshine

    11 天 前

    I will be using my 👵 old fashioned cure because she lived a long life with out and big pharmaceutical shots.

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    first name last name

    12 天 前

    Adapt and overcome, or die. Its not hard

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    David Hodges

    12 天 前

    Pushing fear.

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    12 天 前

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  9. Tim Spencer

    Tim Spencer

    12 天 前

    stop complaining... at least their state has a website ready to go. My states and the neighboring state have no such system in place. The health department websites for both counties(in 2 states) ask seniors over 70 or 75 to call daily to see if there are appointments open for them to register. Yes, the calls are taken by live health department employees and the hold time is usually 40 to 60 minutes. In my county alone, they are expecting at least 11,000 seniors in that age group.... call every single day... are we in 2020 or 1980?

  10. Croak and Crow

    Croak and Crow

    12 天 前

    I pray for the day when this is a distant memory

  11. Conscious Nobody

    Conscious Nobody

    12 天 前

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  12. Dot Com

    Dot Com

    12 天 前

    Its sad when people dont ask questions. Just take it and do what the “experts” say

    • jaketinsley1987

      jaketinsley1987

      11 天 前

      Even sadder americans put all faith in a blind corrupt 2 party system that screws them every 4 years no matter what color or affiliation. Grow up from the red vs blue!

  13. sataniccookiemonster

    sataniccookiemonster

    12 天 前

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  14. J

    J

    12 天 前

    Why can' they register in person like so many states do for voters?

    • Agresseur

      Agresseur

      11 天 前

      Because the US has a For-Profit disjointed medical system that only allows big companies to get this vaccine and distribute it. If your doctor is not part of a big medical group, you are healthy and your GP doctor is not part of a huge medical business then you are left to fend for yourself in this barbaric system. The so called best system in the World is a Capitalist Dream but it cannot protect the health of the general population.

  15. der Jakob

    der Jakob

    12 天 前

    Why did the STATES set up such a system then?

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