Baltimore is running into a problem with some of its citizens vying for a late entry on Santa’s naughty list. But for once, we’re not talking about gangbangers or corrupt politicians. Some of the citizens of Charm City have reportedly been signing up to receive the new COVID vaccinations but they aren’t on the list of privileged souls who are supposed to be at the head of the line. This is leading to dire warnings and castigation from the city’s elected officials. Nobody has been arrested or fined for these attempts at cutting the line. At least… not yet. But that day may be coming if this keeps up. Meanwhile, the ordered distribution of the vaccine doses is pretty much out the window anyway, since Baltimore appears to be screwing up just as badly as many other states. (Baltimore Sun)
People ineligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine have been signing up to be inoculated in Howard County anyways, taking appointments from first responders and healthcare workers, the local health department said.
If a person who is not yet eligible to be inoculated signs up for an appointment, the health department said, it effectively snatches a spot from a firefighter or medic or a frontline healthcare worker, professions tapped to receive the vaccine first.
Furthermore, appointments for those who registered inappropriately won’t be honored, the department said.
The development is slowing the health department’s efforts to inoculate those eligible to receive the vaccine, the supply of which is “extremely limited” in Howard County, the department said.
If there are people not scheduled to be among the first to be vaccinated who are signing up to receive a shot anyway, I suppose it’s not unfair to describe that as “snatching a spot” from a first responder or frontline healthcare worker. But that would only be true if there weren’t enough doses to go around for all of those first responders who want one. The article notes that the supply of vaccines is “extremely limited” in Howard County.