Health Officials are Fighting to Collect Critically Important Data Related to Vaccination
The government has always provided much fewer funds than the funds required for the public health programs for a large period has resulted in gaps, which means that well-connected people and health personnel who have no contact with patients are getting vaccinated before the front line workers, who are at a much higher risk for the illness.
The rapid and vast vaccination of millions of Americans has raised a new problem for health officials’ aid pandemic. They are now struggling to collect critical information such as race, ethnicity and most importantly the occupation of the person they vaccinate.
The data collected is so much insufficient that health officials are unable to tell that front line workers are getting the initial vaccines or not and how many doses of vaccine have been given to people that are way down the list.
The first wave of vaccination was reserved and prioritized by the federal and state officials for the healthcare workers and their residents as well as staff of nursing homes.
The health officials are leading the new President Joe Biden’s pandemic response to tackle the racial inequity as they seek to control the COVID-19 situation. The lapse in reporting race and ethnicity can create hindrance in efforts to identify and track whether the minority people are vaccinated or not. Whereas, till now, only limited data in multiple states reveals that black residents are getting vaccination at a meagre rate as compared to the white residents.
Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said that sixty-four immunization registries in the United States gather the data for states, territories, and a handful of large cities but they are not even connected. However, real-time data in the United States public health system is also virtually non-existent and the conditions should be not like this amid the global pandemic situations.