State’s vaccine delays will cost lives

As of Dec. 31, the state Department of Health had received 357,925 doses of covid-19 vaccine. Of those doses only 69,349 have been administered to Phase 1A qualified persons. The percentage of vaccine utilized thus far is a mere 19.4 percent.

Where is the media outrage? Where is our governor who endlessly reminds us that he is listening to “the science?” Pharmacy partnerships are only now planning for on-site clinics to administer to long-term care facilities? Our most vulnerable populations in long-term care facilities are left waiting and complaining while pharmacies and our governor are fumbling around trying to make decisions? What an outrage!

Our “science-minded” governor is quick to shut down businesses and send people to the unemployment lines as he professes to “follow the science.” A half-million people are qualified under his “top priority” 1A designation and there are 286,651 doses sitting in refrigeration units in across the state.

Delays cost lives. More than 1,600 covid deaths in Washington have been linked to long-care facilities. Meanwhile our governor is fixated on expanding bans and crippling our economy.

Vaccinations should be his top priority. Health care workers and first responders should be required to vaccinate. People confined to long-term care facilities should be next, closely followed by those with susceptible conditions and compromised immune systems.

It’s time for Gov. Jay Inslee to focus on real science and saving lives! Science and compassion demand action now.

Ronald Czarnecki

Everett

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