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Getting vaccinated should not be so difficult | READER COMMENTARY

Dr. William Zirkin, an Emergency Department physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center HealthCare in Towson, was the facility's first recipient of the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December. (Handout/GBMC).
Dr. William Zirkin, an Emergency Department physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center HealthCare in Towson, was the facility's first recipient of the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December. (Handout/GBMC). (GBMC)

These days, I spend my time dialing around Baltimore seeking a coronavirus vaccination. Always, the response see-saws between “we don’t have any vaccines” to “all the shot slots are already taken.” Never any suggestion as to how I might get on the list for a shot. Thus, my fate is to keep on dialing (”Maryland’s vaccine rollout, health secretary pick merit scrutiny,” Jan. 20).

I grant that the federal handling of the vaccination rollout has been a mess, but there is no excuse for the Baltimore area duplicating it.

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Instead, the region needs to adopt some common sense policies like establishing wait lists for getting shots at various locations together with estimates as to when the individual’s name will come up. The wait list could be used to identify individuals who are so ill or infirm that special arrangements are needed to vaccinate them. Hospitals like Johns Hopkins might be required to give shots to non-patients during this emergency. Further, they might schedule public service announcements detailing progress and problems.

The Baltimore region needs to get its act together!

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Ken Harbinson, Towson

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