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Until vaccine supply meets demand, it’s a waiting game

We share local officials’ frustration that the vaccine to prevent COVID-19 is not rolling out fast enough and even then, access to it is frustrating.

It’s almost like only the strong will survive this.

Sorry, but this is a life-and-death situation.

You call a phone number and get prompts, not a person.

And it appears that 99 percent of the vaccine are scheduled through health systems’ web sites.

Tell that to the many elderly residents and others who don’t have internet, let alone a computer.

Once local areas get more supply of the vaccines, why not schedule mass vaccine sites at county fairgrounds? Establish a large bank of phone operators to handle calls — encouraging those who don’t have computers to use that form of communication for scheduling.

We applaud our health systems and some private companies for securing vaccines and setting up shots. They, too, are frustrated.

We look forward to a much more robust federal response and plan for vaccines as our new president has pledged.

Under federal guidelines and states’ current plans, the U.S. has made vaccines available to limited groups: Health care workers and nursing home residents first, with older Americans (65 and up) at at least some groups of essential workers now eligible.

At this rate, it will take until 2022 to get a vast majority of Americans vaccinated. That’s the reality, folks.

Meanwhile, we applaud our new president’s decision to extend the moratorium on eviction and foreclosures as millions of Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic struggle to keep food on their tables.

Restaurant business is slow.

Hotels have a lot of vacancies.

Entertainment venues are basically at a standstill.

That’s millions of jobs no longer there.

A U.S. Census Bureau survey showed 9 million renters — or an estimated 15 percent of all renters — reported being behind on rent.

President Joe Biden’s edict also extends the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures via the U.S. Department of Agriculture-supported multi-family housing communities.

The extension runs through March 31, 2021.

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