Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America

Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America

But with the logistical gymnastics required to safely get the Pfizer vaccine to rural health care workers, splitting the trays into smaller shipments has its own dangers. The feat facing public health officials has “absolutely no comparison” in recent history, said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers. Perna said he took “personal responsibility” for overstating how many Pfizer doses states would receive. Indiana’s state health department had to identify alternative cold storage options for 17 hospitals following changes in guidance for the vaccine thermal shippers. The Trump administration plans to distribute 20 million vaccine doses to states by early January, Perna said Saturday.

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