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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, planning continues across North Texas for the eventual distribution of vaccines when they become available and who will be able to get the first round of vaccinations.
“The CDC and the National Academy of Sciences have actually convened a workgroup a couple of months ago to triage allocation for a vaccine when it comes out,” MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky said. “Thankfully frontline healthcare workers, including first responders and those at highest risk of contracting the virus, were categorized in that top tier.”
“There’s been a task force put up statewide as well as here in North Texas to really begin working through the specific logistics of being able to administer the vaccine, both to the healthcare workers including first responders, but also in the next phase going to the general public,” Zavadsky added.
Getting the vaccine to first responders presents its own set of challenges.
“One of the biggest challenges is the geography. For the first response organizations, especially MedStar, many of our folks are spread out throughout the entire region. So, you’ve got fire stations, you’ve got police substations and you’ve got EMS substations like MedStar who …
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