Experts torn over changing vaccine doses to speed up lagging rollout
To speed inoculations, the U.S. plans to release all available vaccine doses and open access to anyone over 65. Others suggest straying from recommended doses or intentionally delaying boosters. The best way forward remains uncertain.
AS COVID-19 CASES surge across the U.S., officials are facing increasing pressure to dole out vaccine doses as quickly as possible.
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will release the rest of its vaccine stockpile to prioritize getting residents their first dose of the vaccine. The policy change comes just days after a spokesperson for the transition team of President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. said the new administration planned to release additional doses of the vaccine.
The HHS also encouraged states to vaccinate people ages 65 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised and may be at a higher risk of contracting serious cases of COVID-19. Past inoculation efforts prioritized frontline healthcare workers