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COVID Vaccine: Not a Shortage, but a Process Shortage

Vaccines are available, but not the process.

Pharmacies and individuals are finding that they don’t have all the vaccines or approvals they need for the demand for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Note that now they are not called boosters but vaccinations, just like the annual flu vaccinations. I’ve got my appointment for three coming up in the next hour: flu, RSV and COVID-19. However, I understand there has to be some time separation between several of these.

Today, I’d just like to point out that when the federal government was paying for all the vaccinations it was a simple process. Now, insurance companies are involved. And they are not all ready for this new process. They are required to be ... but some were caught flatfooted.

In the United States we have a much more complicated process for delivering medical care. And today it is getting in the way of a fast and efficient method for getting vaccines in the arms of people.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.