Proposed Suggestion: New York State should prudently offer Retired medical professionals who assist in administering COVID vaccinations the opportunity to get earlier vaccinations for them and their immediate families as it would help NYS vaccinate more people quickly.
GREENBURGH, NY — January 2, 2020 — News reports reveal that New York State has administered less than one-third of the Covid vaccines provided to the State by the Federal government.
The program for the procurement, distribution, prioritization, and delivery of a Covid-19 vaccine, including the logistics of how the doses will be stored and administered, is complex. This is run by each of the 50 states.
To help alleviate the roadblock in New York, I suggest vaccinating recently retired doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians and their immediate families who volunteer to assist in the New York State-run vaccine program. They would be able to then vaccinate other New Yorkers under the State’s program, and perhaps also free up doctors, nurses and EMTs for those duties. Britain has instituted enlisting the assistance of recently retired medical professionals, and I think the Governor would b prudent to consider implement similar protocol in New York State. I will reach out to state officials with this suggestion.