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

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…


According to the Annapolis Capital Gazette

Maryland has been restricting the vaccine to the first tier of vaccine priorities:

  • frontline health care workers at the county’s two main hospitals
  • other health care workers at private practices
  • health department employees
  • long-term care facility residents and staff
  • first responders

Note: It’s not obvious to me why ALL first responders should get priority.

By definition, most first responders are relatively young (certainly younger than 65) and in relatively good health (they get regular physicals, right?).

If any contract COVID, they’re most likely to be sidelined for a couple of weeks … not killed by the virus.

Worst case, first responder “capacity” is reduced temporarily, but that should thrill the large number of defunding advocates..

Save for my question re: 1st responders. so far, so good.

But restricting the vaccine to the above groups isn’t efficiently using up the state’s inventory of doses.

So, Gov. Hogan has added a few groups to the top priority tier, including:

  • judiciary workers
  • corrections staff
  • prisoners

Are you kidding me?

As a “vulnerable”, law-abiding citizen, I get sorted behind convicted criminals?????

And it gets worse.

Once those groups have had their bite at the apple, the list expands to include:

  • hospital board members
  • lawyers
  • the media

Say, what?

Once the lawyers and media are protected, Hogan is comfortable making the vaccine available to “residents older than 65 and residents with high-risk health conditions”.

So, I guess that I  can mark my calendar for late spring.


The DC mayor has announced that she’s opening the vaccines’ candidate pool to all DC residents who are over 65.

So, I guess I have 3 options:

  • Commit a crime, get convicted, get  incarcerated … and then roll up my sleeve.
  • Move to DC
  • Be patient and hope I don’t catch COVID waiting for the vaccine.

Is this crazy or what?

4 Responses to “What do lawyers, prisoners and ‘the media” have in common?”

  1. Rapid response: Feds open up vax for seniors and co-morbids. | The Homa Files Says:

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

  2. ST Says:

    Seems to me, as the publisher and author of a blog that has been present for many years, you would qualify as a member of the “media” – I’d reserve my place in line if I were you!

  3. Can states restrict COVID vax to only its residents? | The Homa Files Says:

    […] In a prior post, I asked: What do lawyers, prisoners and ‘the media” have in common? […]

  4. VAX: Of open borders and walls… | The Homa Files Says:

    […] Last week I posted (OK, make that “I whined”) that despite my earthly seniority, I was being sorted on the COVID-VAX priority list (in Maryland at least) lower than lawyers, prisoners and ‘the media”. […]

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