Scheduling the administration of vaccines is like being an air traffic controller. You have to keep your eye on the radar of what’s coming in and make decisions as to where and when to land the next batch of vaccine. There are a number of factors that go into making this decision, which can be confusing if you’re looking from the outside in.
It raises questions like:
The process begins with the vaccine type, amount received and the provincial environment when it arrives. Some vaccines have more rigorous transportation and storage requirements, so they are better for urban distribution. The amount received determines how many areas will get part of the shipment. Provincial factors, like the recent surge of COVID variants in Regina, means more vaccine will be targeted to areas of higher risk.
Once those decisions are made, it’s about getting the vaccine to the chosen destinations and administering the doses to individuals according to the order of priority that has been put in place by medical subject matter experts.
The order of who gets a vaccine follows the vaccination roll-out plan priority sequence:
The sequence of who gets a vaccine is further divided by logistics related to administering the vaccine. There are different vaccines with different recommended age groups.
Finally, why are the age ranges so irregular, 73 to 75 and 76 to 79, etc.? Why don’t we have tidy age groupings like 60 to 70 and 70 to 80?
There are four distribution channels for the vaccine:
When you will receive a vaccine is one of the most-asked questions. It’s difficult to accept that it will depend on the vaccine supply; however, it’s important to remember that there is a strategy for landing vaccines and that all who want a vaccine will get one in time.
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