As the nation continues to struggle with distributing any of the number of coronavirus vaccines that have recently come to market, major arguments have begun over who should be receiving their inoculations and when.
For many, the concern is that not every essential worker is being recorded in the counts of “essential” workers. Essentially, Americans aren’t too happy with the ways in which the government has classified certain professions.
One rural health center in Georgia has now even had their coronavirus vaccines taken away from them on account of who they chose to vaccinate first.
ELBERTON, Ga. — This small city was still in shock Friday, days after state health workers raided the busiest medical clinic in the county and seized its Covid-19 vaccine supply because staffers had given doses to teachers.
Some 470 shots of the Pfizer vaccine were confiscated from the Medical Center of Elberton, a private clinic that had been the largest provider of vaccinations in Elbert County, leaving behind just enough medicine to guarantee second doses to people who have already been inoculated.
“Everything that we had tried to do up until now to vaccinate our county was just laid to waste,” Dr. Jonathan Poon, who works at the clinic, told NBC News.
And it gets even wilder:
In addition, the Georgia Department of Public Health said it would not be providing any more vaccines to the medical center for the next six months until July 27.
“DPH took the action after learning the provider had been vaccinating individuals in the Elbert County School District who were outside of the current Phase 1A+ eligible population,” the agency said in a statement. “There is no other reason for the suspension than what we have previously stated.”
But in a Jan. 29 letter to the center, the department gave no warning it was going to seize the remaining shots Tuesday.
The rollout of differing coronavirus vaccines has been considered to be going poorly, with the Biden administration falling far short of their own, self-imposed deadlines early in this first term.