E. Eugene Webb PhD
Welcome to 2021 and the 2021 version of the Corona virus pandemic.
you're over 65 and looking to get a Corona virus vaccination, the frustration
level is through the roof.
the state's decision to put the vaccine distribution and vaccination process in
the hands of County government was flawed to say the least.
What we have ended up with in Florida is a hodgepodge of approaches and botched efforts.
not really hard to understand how this is all gone awry if you've had any
dealings with your local County government in the last few years. County
governments tend to be far from the leading edge in the application of
whole concept of registering and administrating something as sophisticated as a
virus vaccination program is well beyond the administrative and technical
capacity of even the most advanced County government in Florida.
not have to be a technological genius to figure out, if you have thousands or
10s of thousands of people over 65 in your County, there is going to be something
similar to a gold rush to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
was not ample time to set up sufficient website capacity or telecommunications
capacity to receive the phone calls, and the administrative staff and workers;
for that matter, to deal with this sudden onslaught of vaccine requests.
that the fact that most County health departments, which is where this
responsibility was dumped, are way down on the budget list for new systems, new
technologies and are usually not well staffed in the 1st place.
DeSantis and his team should have been capable of determining that before they
made the decision to pass this responsibility to local County government.
going to get through this, there is no doubt about that. However, there really
is a significant lesson to be learned here. State and County governments need
to be working much more closely in the area of public health. County
governments need to provide more resources and more staffing to their County
health departments because this is not the last time, we're going to see
something like this.
now, your best approach if you're trying to get an appointment for a Corona vaccination
is to watch your local news media and visit their websites in your specific
area. Look for the information that they are accumulating and publishing almost
on an hour-by-hour basis regarding vaccination sites, times, and current
be patient, it is probably not a good idea to get in your car, go get in a line
of 50 or 100 other cars and sit there for hours upon hours waiting to get a
everything else in life, gathering a few facts, getting a little information, and
applying some common sense will probably get you a vaccination quicker with
less frustration than any other approach.
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