Covid vaccination efforts in the US are well below original estimates. More than 15.4 million doses have been given to states, but only 4.5 million Americans have received their first shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, the Providence Hospital System has bucked the country's slow roll-out trend, providing the first dose of the vaccine to more than half of its 120,000 employees in 51 hospitals in seven states.
Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips, clinical director of Providence, told The News with Shepard Smith that "planning is the antidote to panic." She said Providence began developing strategies in September to identify caregivers at greatest risk and incorporate technology such as email and text to streamline the rollout process.
She told Shepard Smith that one of the solutions is to create a "validation and verification" tool to manage vaccine rollouts in the vendor's hospitals. The tool included the "roles" that consisted of specific jobs, and it also included places of work for those within the Providence system. People would then in turn reach and validate the data.
"By doing this, we avoided much of the dismay you've heard from other organizations that, despite their best intentions, accidentally left out important groups of people who should be vaccinated," said Compton-Phillips. "I think the biggest lesson we'd have is not to hesitate to do something. Some vaccinations are better than none. Ask your people too, make sure you hear from them, not just them Trust data. "
Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar estimated that 20 million Americans could be "vaccinated" by the end of December and another 50 million could be "vaccinated" by the end of January. He added that "we expect" a total of 100 million vaccinations by the end of February.
CDC officials have attributed the slow rollout to complex vaccination stores, overburdened public health departments and health care providers, and the timing of the vaccination rollout during the holidays.
Federal officials have required states to run vaccination campaigns. On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo admitted that hospitals in his state need to give vaccines faster and threatened with fines.
"Any vendor who does not use the vaccine could be fined up to $ 100,000 in the future. They must use the allocation within seven days. Otherwise, they can be removed from future distribution," said Cuomo.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a similar warning to hospitals, saying the state could try converting test sites into vaccination centers. California Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged US $ 300 million for vaccination measures in his current budget proposal.
Providence's successful rollout still identified areas that needed improvement. According to the Los Angeles Times, one in five frontline nurses at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., Turned down the shot.
Compton-Phillips noted that the hospital is in an area that is underserved and caters to a large immigrant community. She said that Providence seeks to understand the barriers to vaccination in order to better serve the community.
"We know vaccines are hesitant, especially in certain underserved communities, color communities that have less confidence in the health system. So we're working very closely with them to understand these concerns and make sure we address them." them so we can really convince people to do what is in their best interests and protect themselves from this virus, "said Compton-Phillips.