January 2 – The United States launched the coronavirus vaccination in December 2019, but the vaccination process for millions of people has been criticized by the U.S. media as slower and more chaotic than expected.
An old American revealed that he had to queue up all night to get vaccinated, and the scene was so chaotic that there was almost a fight.
Florida piano teacher Teri Hadler, 69, is desperate to get a coronavirus vaccine, but she has to queue up all night in the parking lot with hundreds of elderly people because of the local “first come, first served” principle for people over 65 years old.
Hadler said she waited 14 hours and there was a fight that was almost broken out when someone tried to add plugs in the middle of the line.” I won’t be in line all night for a vaccine,” Hadler said. “I’m scared that this might become a super-spreading event.”
In addition to queuing, the telephone appointment vaccination implemented in some places has also caused congestion on telephone lines, which has made many people suffer unspeakably. Miami-based university professor Lynn Humphrey lives with his 81-year-old mother.
He said that he made about 80 phone calls before connecting to Miami Beach Hospital, which recently began to vaccinate the elderly. “When I finally got through the phone, I cried on the phone,” Humphrey said.
U.S. media pointed out that public health departments in many states are busy formulating coronavirus vaccination plans, but at the same time they are facing overload and insufficient funding.
Different measures taken in various places have led to long queues, chaos, and blocked telephone lines. A large number of logistical concerns also complicate the fight against the epidemic.
According to tracking data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of December 30, 2019, nearly 2.8 million people have been vaccinated in the United States.
Although the time to report vaccination will be relatively lagging, officials said that the vaccination rate is still slower than expected. According to Worldometer real-time statistics, as of about 6:30 Beijing time on January 2, a total of 205,572,813 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 355,935 deaths in the United States.