The FDA has currently approved two vaccinations for COVID-19. However, the current supply of vaccinations is not enough to meet the demands of the entire U.S. population. So, how does the government decide who gets vaccinated first?
The CDC has three guidelines they follow for the population when there are limited supplies of vaccines. During the pandemic, here is the list of recommendations based on these three goals:
1. Decreasing death and serious illness as much as possible.
2. Preserving society's ability to function.
3. Lessen the additional burden of COVID-19 for those prople who already have disparity.
According to the CDC, this means supplies of the COVID-19 vaccination will be distributed in different phases as follows:
Long-term care residents
Frontline essential worker: firefighters, policemen, agricultural workers, public transit workers, postal workers, manufacturing workers, grocery workers.
People ages 75 and older (those ages who are in long-term facilities will be included in initial supplies)
People ages 65-74 years old.
People ages 16-64 with underlying medical conditions.
Other essential workers: food service, transportation, communications, energy, law, public safety, public health, media.
Everyone else who does not fit into these above categories will be able to get vaccinated when a larger supply of the vaccine is available.
This information was taken directly from the CDC website. For more information, read here.