Head of the United States CDC, Robert Redfield, plans to recommend that essential workers get the Covid-19 vaccine before people over the age of 65 do.
The reason for not prioritizing the elderly, who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus, is because the elderly are not “racially diverse” enough. Essential workers have more “racial diversity.”
The CDC issued a series of slides, where they outline the recommended distribution of the vaccine. According to the slides, who gets the vaccine first is based on three metrics: science, implementation, and ethics.
By “science,” they mean the deaths and infections that would be prevented by inoculating that group first, which is certainly true for those over 65.
Those over 65 are most likely to contract Covid-19. This puts others, including essential workers, at risk. Vaccinating the elderly first would save the most lives. However, the CDC has said that the “differences among the 3 strategies is minimal.”
The third, ethics, which is split into three subcategories, is the determining factor in prioritizing the younger, essential workers over America’s elderly population.
Those three subcategories are: maximize benefits and minimize harms, promote justice, and mitigate health inequities.
Apparently, essential workers meet all three of those criteria, but adults with high-risk medical conditions and those who are over 65 don’t.
The CDC will make the final determination on Sunday. However, so far, healthcare workers and essential workers will receive the vaccine before the elderly, the most vulnerable population.
According to the CDC, there have been 16,756,581 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States and 306,427 deaths. Over 221,000 of those deaths were in the over 65 demographic. In other words, 72% of the coronavirus deaths in the United States are in the demographic that the CDC does not want to vaccinate first.