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Warp Speed slowed on vaccine rollout

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13.01.2021

Health workers are of course the people who need COVID-19 vaccinations first. They are the ones most likely to be exposed, and their expertise is needed to vaccinate the rest of us and treat those who fall ill.

So it was dismaying to learn that people who didn't qualify for this initial round of shots nonetheless showed up at some Los Angeles County vaccination centers to skip the line ― and succeeded. Some pretended to be health workers and were allowed to go ahead without any validating documents. Some were honest about their situation and still managed to talk their way into a shot.

It wasn't a lot of people, and most of the ones who did have special reason to be afraid. Elderly Angelenos, many with medical conditions that make them especially vulnerable, were desperate to be protected. But so are many others who have good reason to want the vaccine.

The procedural gap that allowed this to happen has reportedly been closed. But it also reveals other issues. People are afraid and confused. They aren't really sure when they are likely to qualify for vaccination or which group they belong in (there is a long list of tiers suggested by the Centers for Disease Control........

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