The important decision our leaders face today is how to prioritize COVID vaccination. Three weeks ago, I put forward an evidence-based argument that we should give first priority to our seniors, in descending order of age. I proposed that if we use 90 percent of our vaccine for seniors and 10 percent for frontline health care workers and those with serious medical conditions, we will save 200,000 lives.
At that time, my proposal was contrary to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and to the state’s official strategy. However, since then a lot has changed. Policy makers at the CDC and at our state Department of Public Health have realized the merits of that plan and have prioritized seniors. However, beyond seniors, the state’s strategy is still unclear and sub-optimal. I believe that our next priority groups should be those who are immuno-compromised and those who have co-morbidities. This prioritization strategy would save many lives, contain the pandemic and return us to normalcy in the shortest time.