Indiana Looking Into Who Should Get COVID-19 Vaccine First

INDIANAPOLIS (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Public health officials from the states are took part in a conference call with the CDC to discuss roll-out of a yet to be approved coronavirus vaccine. The state of Indiana is putting together plans for when one becomes available and discussing who will get vaccinated first. 
 
Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said she expects there will be an extremely limited supply of vaccine doses once the federal government approves a vaccine for widespread human use - maybe 10 million to 15 million doses for the 330 million people living in the United States.
 
"So that amounts to just under five percent," Dr. Box said.
 
 
 
If the treatment is distributed to each state based on its share of the national population, Indiana might receive only 300,000 doses for its 6.7 million residents (2% of the U.S. population) in the first round, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. It’s not yet known whether Indiana’s initial doses will be halved if two shots are required to protect recipients against the coronavirus, or how the state will fare if the vaccine is distributed nationwide based on imminent need and not by state population or some other formula.
 
In the meantime, Indiana's Department of Public Health is preparing to identify who should get the vaccine first. 
 
"The National Institute of Science has come out with recommendations for phases of individuals that should get the immunization first, or the vaccine first," Dr. Box said. 
 
She said Indiana is using a team of experts to ethically and medically look at those individuals who should receive the immunization first.
 
There is agreement among the experts that those like healthcare workers and first responders should be at the front of the line. After them, there are many considerations and ideas being tossed around: pregnant women, minorities disproportionately affected, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, and those critical to maintaining the food supply, among many others.