BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Deaths in the United States now happen every 30 seconds due to COVID-19, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University. This adding to the pressure to get people vaccinated against the infectious disease.
A growing number of doctors are voicing their concerns about the vaccination process. Many believe its going too slowly. There is a delay for vaccinating healthcare workers who are at the top of the list. The latest Alabama Department of Public Health Dashboard showed more than 128,000 doses in Alabama but only more than 20,000 have been used.
Alabama, according the state health department, the process of providing shots to so many healthcare workers has been a large task.
“The ability to vaccinate healthcare workers in Alabama is related not only to the supply but also to the demand and certainly we have had high demand,” said Dr. Karen Landers.
Another problem for hospitals providing the vaccine is the high demand for care for an increasing number of COVID patients.
“I’m not going to criticize anybody who has successfully put a vaccine into the market and into people’s arms in less than a year,” said Dr. Don Williamson with the Alabama Hospital Association.
Williamson said everyone wanted to move quickly but launching a nationwide vaccination plan during the holidays is not easy. However, that could change as hospitals get more vaccines.
“Hopefully to additional sites. Hopefully the result of that would be that the vaccination rate will accelerate,” said Williamson.
More vaccines and sites are expected to come online this week. Still, it’s a big process.
“We want to ensure that we vaccinate as many people as possible but continue to remind the amount of vaccine we have been allocated at the time we have this is certainly not sufficient,” said Landers.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor said recently he hopes the country will ramp up to a million vaccinations a day. Just recently the country hit 500,000. Fauci believed it could be done.