The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified public health officials in all 50 states and five large cities to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to health care workers and other high-risk groups as soon as late October or early November.
Experts say that a vaccine may be available for certain groups before clinical trials have been completed, if the data is overwhelmingly positive.
The guidance noted that health care professionals, including long-term care employees, would be among the first to receive the product, along with other essential workers and national security employees. People 65 or older, as well as Native Americans and those who are from “racial and ethnic minority populations” or incarcerated
Public health officials state, “This timeline of the initial deployment at the end of October is deeply worrisome for the politicization of public health and the potential safety ramifications.”
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