Vaccination plan didn’t consider seniors’ needs, abilities

The recent letter regarding covid vaccine distribution was very accurate and showed thought. The plan for vaccine distribution designed by Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health was made without regard for senior lives. Lowering the eligible age to 65 before a majority of those 70 and older can get an appointment was the first error. Throwing seniors into an online competition for appointment times was a cruelty. Clearly, those with experience working with seniors were not consulted before deciding on a plan. This age group has low mobility, especially the underprivileged who depend on others for rides. For many, waiting in a drive-through vaccination line is not an option.

As suggested, using pharmacies, clinics, employers and large stores would be a vast improvement since they already have a database of eligible citizens. With the shortage of vaccines available presently, it is even more imperative that our leaders and the Health Department make logical changes as soon as possile. As a volunteer front-line Snohomish County worker for seniors, and being 70, I’ve been eligible from the beginning and still can’t find an appointment in our county.

Steve Van Meter


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