When can older Americans expect to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
As COVID-19 vaccines become increasingly available in the U.S. over the coming months, older adults who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic are expected to be prioritized over the general public. But those who are 65 and older will still likely need to wait a few months before they can get vaccines that are in high demand but relatively short supply. Shots are expected to be widely available by mid-2021, but some may get them earlier.
As of December 22, it appears that the next round of vaccine will be shared between essential workers and seniors 75 and older. Teachers are included as essential workers. It is unconscionable that a young teacher who is at very limited risk of fatality from COVID should receive the vaccine before a person 65 or older, who is far more likely to die as a result of the disease.
I implore AARP to lobby intensely for seniotrs in this regard.