Letters to the Editor

Vaccine process pits citizens against each other

I feel the need to express my extreme frustration at the Tier 1B roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine administration in Iowa and Linn County in particular. It has become clear to me that there is a lack of detailed communication of how to get an appointment as well as the technical difficulty of getting one even if one knows where the vaccine is available.

First, we were told that Mercy Medical Center and Unity Point were to be the only distributors in Linn County. Then somehow word got out that both CVS and Walgreens would also have vaccine available.

I have been checking Mercy, CVS and Walgreen’s websites since Wednesday. Unless I was willing to spend all day at the screen it was clear I wouldn’t be able to get an appointment. Unity Point has said “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” without any information as to when one might receive that call. Imagine being without the knowledge or technology to navigate all of this.

In my opinion this has led to an extremely cutthroat situation pitting one citizen against another in their quest to become at least less vulnerable to the virus. The distribution of the vaccine could have been much better managed so everyone would have known how, when and where they would be eligible to receive it.

Jane Carlson

Mount Vernon

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