Monday, 1 Mar 2021

Opinion | A ‘Chaotic and Unfair’ Vaccine Rollout

To the Editor:

Re “Injustice and a Shot in the Arm,” by Anton DiSclafani (Op-Ed, Feb. 6):

This chaotic and unfair rollout could have been smooth and equitable.

We should have had a centralized registry. Each person should have had to fill out a detailed form that would have determined his or her Covid vulnerability, including factors like work, health, living conditions and age.

So, for example, a young person with health issues living in cramped quarters doing a risky job would have gotten a higher priority rating and a shot sooner than, say, an older person with no risk factors.

Proximity to a vaccination site would dictate where you would get inoculated, and your rating would determine when. Then you would have simply been assigned a date and a venue.

We do similar things for voting, for taxes, for Social Security and Medicare. This could have been organized before the vaccines were even approved. Instead, we have a scramble that — surprise, surprise — is colossally unfair and stressful; many who need the vaccine the most will be getting it last.

Rita Hall
Great Neck, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Re “‘Vaccine Hunters’ Fan Out for Shots They Can’t Get Near Home” (front page, Feb. 5):

Here in New York City, where I live, the distribution of the vaccine is disgracefully chaotic. One has to be computer savvy, and can spend hours looking for a distribution site, providing personal information, proving that you’re not a robot, to learn that no appointments are available, try again. Attempts to schedule an appointment by phone are equally maddening.

Though I have never been to a gambling casino, the experience is like playing a slot machine, and it can become compulsive. People like me, 65 and older, some with health issues, have not received the vaccine, while others who are not in the priority categories, including some from outside New York City, have.

As we know, the federal leadership has been inadequate, but I hold our governor and our mayor responsible as well. This letter is meant to sound an alarm, and is also a cry for help.

Stanley J. Weinberg
New York

To the Editor:

Re “Indoor Dining to Return in City at 25% Capacity” (news article, Jan. 30):

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s decision to allow large weddings in New York State starting March 15 is surprising given his commitment to public health and “following the science,” which flattened the curve during last spring’s deadly Covid surge.

Despite restrictions, including Covid testing for all attendees, a cap of 50 percent capacity or 150 people is irresponsible and follows neither health interests or science. Similar large gatherings with testing requirements, most notably at the White House, resulted in the spread of Covid.

The intimacies that occur at weddings, including dancing and hugging, especially after a year of families being separated, are a recipe for disaster when very few have immunity to Covid at this point.

Alan Wikler
New York

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