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Jan. 5, 2021

Jan 5, 2021
 

It appears we are lagging far behind on delivering vaccines for the coronavirus. The logistics are enormous, and it almost appears that placing blame is more important than saving lives. In addition, it appears many people are suffering from COVID fatigue and just don’t want to follow the simple rules of social distancing and mask wearing. This has led to our hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients, and many of our regular patients who need care can’t even get into the hospital.

This is really bad for our diabetes patients, especially those with cardiovascular problems. Many of these patients are also not able to get the vaccine, and that just makes matters worse. Our county in Florida was in a pilot program for vaccinations. The state made 1600 vaccines available for 250,000 people 65 or older. The reservation system went live at 12 noon yesterday and the site crashed at 12:04 as over 60,000 people tried to sign up.

 

We just flat out need to do a better job. It seems to me if we applied the same technology that gets a package to our front door in less than 24 hours, we would make a better run at vaccinating everyone who wants to be, and save many of our co-workers’, neighbors’ and patients’ lives.

 

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We can make a difference!

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Dave Joffe

Editor-in-chief