Washington Post

Vaccination rates fall off, imperiling Biden’s July Fourth goal

I contributed to a Washington Post front-page story by national health reporter Dan Diamond on COVID-19 vaccine trends.

My feed from Oklahoma City:

Making the shots convenient

Health providers in Oklahoma, where 54 percent of adults have gotten one shot, also have seen demand slow to a trickle.

Greg Clyde, a bowtie-wearing independent pharmacist in Oklahoma City, said that when he began administering coronavirus vaccines in February, he was inundated by hundreds of phone calls requesting appointments — so much so that he invested in a new phone system. In all, he spent about $5,000 on new equipment, including a freezer and an extra refrigerator to store vaccine vials, and hired three new full- and part-time workers to help administer up to 280 shots per week, with almost 1,000 people on the waiting list.

But with so few customers now seeking vaccinations at his drugstore — no more than a dozen adults per week, Clyde said — he agreed to administer shots to nearly 100 employees of a major Oklahoma City-area automotive dealer last week.

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