Recently the president-elect proposed releasing all available vaccine supplies now as opposed to holding onto a portion to ensure enough doses are available to give a second dose to those who received their first.
It’s an idea that was initially rejected by the Trump administration but has since adopted. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced plans to make available the rest of the vaccine supply that was being held and recommended states provide shots to everyone age 65 and older and to those with preexisting medical conditions.
“We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production,” Azar said last week about the policy change. “Everything is now available to our states and our healthcare providers.”
The change in distribution carries a potential risk of making the vaccinations of those who received an initial dose less effective