USA – ACIP: First, vaccinate health care workers, nursing home residents

In a 13-1 vote, the vaccines advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has voted to allocate the first rounds of COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

“We hope that this vote gets us all one step closer to the day when we can all feel safe again and when this pandemic is over finally,” said CDC’s Nancy Messonier, MD, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, as she thanked the committee at the meeting’s close.

The committee also weighed, but did not vote on, considerations for which health care workers should be first in line to receive authorized vaccines in early days when supplies may be limited and supply chains tenuous. Here, those who have the ability to tele-work or who do not have ongoing direct patient contact should perhaps end up standing in line behind those most at risk, according to materials presented by CDC staff and presented to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)…