The vaccination campaign against the coronavirus that was implemented in the United States is aimed primarily at older adults. However, during its implementation, it caused much criticism in the population due to a series of traps to obtain a dose in the state of Massachusetts.
There a program was deployed consisting of offer doses also to people who accompany the elderly to vaccination centersThis aspect of the plan was questioned because many young people receive their vaccine ahead of schedule.
In addition, this campaign also caused many people to seek seniors in the state to offer to accompany them to get vaccinated. For example, several cases of announcements to transfer retirees were known.
A user of Craigslist, a classified ad website with sections dedicated to employment, housing, personal contacts, sales, items, services, among other services, proposed with the following text: “I have a great driving record and a very clean Toyota Camry. I can also pay $ 100 in cash. I’m a friendly conservator, I’ll let you choose the music, and you can show me all the photos of your grandchildren! ”
At the same site, another person offered himself this way: “$ 200 for the privilege of transporting a Massachusetts resident to his first or second vaccination appointment.”
A 64-year-old man is vaccinated in the United States. Photo / EFE
Other offers on the same site also offer different types of vehicles for the transport of retirees, along with friendly phrases to convince them. However, Governor Charlie Baker said that many approached the vaccination program opportunistically and asked the elderly to take precautionary measures and care in the face of these “friendly” offers.
“They should only turn to someone they know or trust to be their companion, be it a child, a partner, a spouse, a neighbor or a caregiver,” Baker explained, adding that under no circumstances “accept calls or offers from people who do not know and never share their personal information”.
The Pfizer vaccine. One of the doses that apply in Massachusetts. Photo / AFP
Andrew Lover, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, confirmed that “the more people we can vaccinate, the better” but accepted that it is a controversial plan.
“There is definitely a chance that people will try to take advantage of the system but I guess it will be a reasonably small amount. The more people we can vaccinate the better in the big picture of public health and we are more than happy to accept that little bit of trouble, ”said Lover.
In addition, as vaccination appointments continue to increase in Massachusetts, there remains a lot of confusion about the destination of unused and leftover doses at the end of each shift.
Elders in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Photo / AP
In fact, there have been more than 1,200 doses of coronavirus vaccines in the state so far. Websites like vaxstandby and Dr. B are putting up waiting lists to prevent this from happening, with more than 65,000 people signed up across the country.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends giving vaccines to larger population groups if there is a risk of not using them. “We just take the doses out of the refrigerator, we open the injections for the number of people we expect. We slow down that process as the day progresses, specifically to avoid exposing the doses that could be left unused,” said a spokesman for the committee.