Traditionally, when a vaccine against a disease has been developed, the limited dose of vaccine produced in the first place is administered to healthcare workers and people at high risk for that disease.
However, when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccine, experts have different views on the priority groups to be vaccinated.
The director of the US National Institute of Health. Francis Collins thinks that for the Covid-19 vaccine, priority should be given to people in the regions where the epidemic is most severely hit.
Promising vaccines continue in full swing all over the world. The US has already signed agreements for millions of doses of vaccines. But even if a vaccine with proven efficacy and safety is developed by the end of the year, the first doses will not be sufficient for anyone who wants it.
So how will the priority cut for the Covid-19 vaccine be decided?
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counselors recommends starting the Covid-19 vaccine first for 12 million people, the most critical health and national security staff, and other compulsory workers.
According to the CDC, 110 million people in the high-risk group for coronavirus, for example over 65 years of age or in poor health, and compulsory workers may be given priority for vaccination.
These groups can be vaccinated before the vaccine reaches large masses.
On the other hand, CDC’s vaccine counselors think that it is necessary to determine who is really critical.
St. Dr. Louis University. According to Sharon Frey, it is necessary to consider the poor living in crowds, those with less access to healthcare, and those who cannot work from their homes like other privileged Americans.
Dr. Henry Bernstein’s suggestion is that it may be more effective to vaccinate a whole family rather than just high-risk individuals from a family.