March 1, 2021
The distribution process for the COVID-19 vaccine is obviously significantly flawed. Who is at fault? It depends on who you talk to but it really doesn’t matter. For sure, there has to be a better way of handling this situation. Here are my comments followed by my vaccine distribution approach.
Three questions first need to be addressed before proceeding.
- How should the number and timing of vaccines be maximized?
- Who should decide who gets the vaccine and when?
- How should the vaccines for the recipients be distributed?
The answer to question (1) is simply this: the federal government should subsidize the creation / discovery and preparation of the vaccine supplies with generous bonuses for timely deliveries. This apparently did occur. Anyone or any group – other than the CDC or WHO – should determine the answer to questions (2). Why not me, even though there must be a host of others who could better provide an answer. Obviously (3) is the key question. Both questions (2) and (3) should be dynamic and vary with individual states, counties, locales, etc. In any event, here is what I propose.
The prioritization (high priority to low priority) is presented in terms of 6 categories. Categories include:
- Healthcare workers
- Infrastructure personnel (police, firefighters, etc.)
- Senior citizens
- High risk groups
- Others not included in A-D
My prioritization follows. Note that there are 20 groups.
A1. Employed healthcare workers
B1. Policemen and firefighters
C1. Citizens 90 and over
D1. Citizens with cancer, lung, liver, or heart disease
C2. Citizens 85-90
A2. Unemployed healthcare workers
C3 Citizens 75-85
D2. Citizens with flu or pneumonia
C4. Employed citizens 60-75
D3 Citizens with any past lung, liver, or heart disease
C5. Parents with 3 or more children
D2. Other employed infrastructure personnel
D3. Other unemployed infrastructure personnel
E1. Children under 1
C6. Employed citizens 18-60
C7. Unemployed citizens 18-60
E2. Children 1-18
F1. Used car salesmen, realtors, and dentists
F2. Lawyers, elected officials, and government personnel
F3. School teachers, college professors, and veterinarians
I believe the first four groups (A1-D1) in any order – should receive the vaccine first. The last three groups should receive the least consideration.
The assignment of any of the priorities above is not based on any solid scientific or medical data and information. It is simply a gut feeling drawn from my limited experience. As is the case with this sort of judgement, this prioritization will vary with both the individual and time. But for me, the key would be to have as little impact as possible from the government and bureaucrats.
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- Practice inbounding the ball at various locations on the court when the opposing team is pressing.
- The player nearest to the ball should take it out immediately after a basket or foul shot and pass it to the first open man.
- Do not leave the foul line after the first of two (or three) free throws, and do not slap / shake the hand of a fellow teammate.