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Private practice doctors raise concerns about Covid-19 vaccine rollout

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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FORT MYERS, FL - DECEMBER 30: Seniors and first responders wait in line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Lakes Regional Library on December 30, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. There were 800 doses of vaccine available at the site. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Some health workers and patients across the country are left wondering when they will get the Covid-19 vaccine.

But he's not sure he'll get a chance to use it, given health officials have so far not said when private doctor's offices will get vaccine.

Not only are doctors having trouble getting vaccine for patients, but many of the community-based physicians and medical staff that aren't employed by hospitals or health systems also report mixed results in getting inoculated.

"The reason that's important is patients trust their doctors when it comes to the vaccine," said Carroll, who has complained on social media that his county hasn't yet released plans on how primary care doctors will be brought into the loop.

Collectively, physicians in the county could vaccinate thousands of patients a day, he said, and might draw some who would otherwise be hesitant if they had to go to a large hospital, a fairground or another central site.

This fall, before any doses became available, the local hospital, the health department and physician offices coordinated a sign-up list for medical workers who wanted the vaccine.

"We'll be able to vaccinate almost all the health care-associated folks who wanted it in the county" Brull said recently.

Dr. Jason Goldman, a family doctor in Coral Gables, Florida, said he was able to get vaccinated at a local hospital that received the bulk of vaccines in his county and oversaw distribution.

Additionally, "a tremendous number" of patients are calling his office because Florida has relaxed distribution guidelines to include anyone over age 65, Goldman said, asking when they can get the vaccine.

"To say right now, 65-plus, when you haven't even appropriately vaccinated all the health care workers, is negating the phasing," said Goldman.

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