BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two million Marylanders are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, however shortages proceed to depart numerous individuals ready with out an thought as to once they can get vaccinated.
Thus far, simply 11% have gotten the vaccine as a consequence of provide shortages.
Specialists say it’s laborious to foretell precisely when an individual on the high of the precedence checklist will get that much-needed shot.
“It’s very troublesome to know precisely when somebody can get their first dose. We all know that states are ramping up the supply of appointments and vaccinations, however it’s a very rocky course of,” stated Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Heart for Well being Safety.
The shortage of a centralized method, Adalja stated, means it is going to take time and transparency to beat the rocky rollout.
This has led to issues statewide, together with one instance Adalja cited the place individuals had been turned away due to on-line hyperlinks that allowed appointments to be overbooked.
“All the pieces proper now I really feel like is a little bit bit sluggish, a little bit bit delayed,” Baltimore resident Tiara Pierson stated.
Adalja stated getting a COVID-19 vaccine ought to be as seamless as getting the flu shot, however individuals are feverishly checking a number of web sites and listening to by means of phrase of mouth the place they can get a dose.
“It’s not simple to foretell when somebody will get a vaccine even when they’re excessive on the precedence as a result of there may be a lot uncertainty about provide and the place to get a vaccine and the way a lot effort an individual is keen to place ahead to get a vaccine,” he stated.
If and when Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine candidate — which is being manufactured in Baltimore — is accredited, Adalja is hopeful it is going to improve the movement of the vaccine.
As for when the nation will attain the herd immunity threshold, he predicts will probably be effectively into the summer season.