US Outlines Plans to Roll Out Free COVID-19 Vaccines for All Americans

The federal government has outlined plans that will make a coronavirus vaccine available for free to all Americans.

The plans have been laid out by the Department of Defense and federal health agencies in the form of a report to Congress and a “playbook” directed to state and local governments, reports Associated Press.

“We are working closely with our state and local public health partners ... to ensure that Americans can receive the vaccine as soon as possible and vaccinate with confidence,” said Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, in a statement.

The vaccinations would be gradually rolled out, prioritizing vulnerable segments of the population such as health workers, other essential workers, and more vulnerable people.

Officials are eyeing January for the launch date of the initiative, but the possibility remains that it could begin sooner.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that the vaccination campaign will be “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related vaccination responses.”

Several possible vaccines are currently in ongoing trials that could end up being approved. It is expected that for most of them, recipients would receive two doses 21 to 28 days apart.

An AP poll found that 1 in 5 Americans said they would not get a coronavirus vaccine, while 31% said they are not sure.

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