Archive for January 12th, 2021

Rapid response: Feds open up vax for seniors and co-morbids.

January 12, 2021

I don’t want to claim credit, but…

Our early morning post (timestamped 8:30) highlighted the idiocy of trying to force feed inoculations on narrow populations that don’t seem to want them (e.g. half of all nursing home staff and law enforcers) … while there is a pent up demand among vulnerable folks who are chomping at the bit to get the vaccine (e.g. my wife & me).

For details, see What do lawyers, prisoners and ‘the media” have in common?

Well, 2 hours later (at 10:27 to be exact), the WSJ reported that:

U.S. officials will suggest anyone over 65 and those with pre-existing conditions be given the vaccine now, and will free up doses being held for second shots.

Of course, I wish the language were a bit stronger to read, say, “fiat” or “force” or “dictate”.

But, it’s a start.

Department of Health and Human Services officials are expected to provide details regarding the change later today.

Now, we Marylanders just have to wait & see if Gov. Hogan will “follow the science” … or, continue to prioritize young lawyers, prisoners and members of the media over vulnerable seniors.

Since Hogan has his eye on a 2024 presidential run, I doubt that he’ll be able to stonewall this one.

Sign me up!


P.S. Hat tip to President-Elect Biden for forcing the issue …

What do lawyers, prisoners and ‘the media” have in common?

January 12, 2021

They’re all ahead of me in line for COVID vax shots … and I’m not happy about it.

OK, I admit that this is personal.

Since I’m in the 65 to 75 age bracket (pardon me if I don’t get more specific), I’m officially COVID-vulnerable.

So, I’m eager to get vaccinated … and frustrated.

Maryland Gov. Hogan self-proclaims himself to be a straight-talking former business guy who knows how to get stuff done.

So, it’s disappointing that Maryland is near the bottom of the heap for vaccine inoculations … with a very low percentage of available doses being shot into arms.

COVID vaccines have challenging distribution logistics (many distribution points, essential freezer storage, certification of innoculators, required booster shots).

And, there are supply-demand “discontinuities”: a surplus of people (like me are chomping at the bit to get shots) … and some folks who have high dibs on the first doses are anti-vax and refuse to get vaccinated.

For example, according to the Baltimore Sun:

  • Only 85% of nursing home residents are lining up for shots
  • Only about 1/2 of nursing home staff are get inoculated
  • Less than 1 in 3 law enforcers are signing up for shots

With that as a backdrop, here’s my beef…


Jan. 12: COVID Data Dashboard

January 12, 2021

Vaccinations: U.S. Total
Doses Distributed    25.5 MM
Doses Inoculated       9.0 MM
% Pop Vaxed          2.72 %
Current Day Shots    766 K

Source: CDC   Updated: 1/11/2021

385,089 Deaths-to-Date

1,753 Daily New Deaths  (peak 3,474 Dec. 9)
> 7-day average 3,292      (peak 3,309 Jan. 10)


Confirmed Cases
190,896 New Cases
> 7-day average  238,652

Currently Hospitalized
 Current level
> 7-day average 130,877