“I think fall is a reasonable target,” OHA Director Pat Allen [said] about herd immunity. He blamed the optimism of the federal government for misleading people over when they will be eligible to get the vaccine.
“This is going to take a while. I think it’s been challenging for people to hear that messaging from us, when the federal government has been much more optimistic in their messaging,” Allen said.
The OHA Director should not just accept the Fall of 2021 date – it is his direct responsibility to move heaven and earth to move that forward by months. That he does nothing but accept this tells us about failed leadership.
I said in mid December – the hype was way ahead of reality, based on contracted doses and the logistics of jabbing hundreds of millions of arms, twice
This delay is going to play out in states across the country.
A survey a couple of weeks ago found a majority of Americans thought they would be vaccinated within 3 months. Its probably 8-9 months before general population access.
Those with vaccine privilege are posting selfies on social media, which inflame the “non-essential” “worthless” classes who will be waiting until Fall.
Couple that with “immunity passports” likely to be brought online by spring (Denmark just announced it will be launching a “vaccine passport” in early 2021), under intense pressure from the vaccine privileged – and public health is setting us up for another year of anger, frustration and civil unrest.
Biden says he will target “1 million vaccinations per day” in his first 100 days, but we need to be targeting several million per day, 7 days per week. Otherwise we don’t even reach 50% until summer.
If we really thought this was an emergency we would have previously and would now behave like it was an emergency. But we do not. Instead we dawdle while the country suffers. Meanwhile, the elites do not believe any of these restrictions apply to themselves.