The Rundown: Who gets the vaccine first?

Oct 22, 2020, 10:12 PM | Updated: Oct 23, 2020, 5:47 am

Today’s topic: the coronavirus vaccine. When it comes out, who should get it first?

The state Department of Health released an early draft of their plan. Reporter Hanna Scott went through some of the details with KIRO Radio hosts.

“It’s expected it’ll be limited when it is available,” Scott said. “No more than 500,000 doses, I believe, for our state is the expectation in the initial round.”

For Dave Ross of Seattle’s Morning News, the whole thing seems more complicated than it needs to be.

“Why would it be any different than the flu vaccine?” Ross asked. “A month ago I walked in, got my flu vaccine, it took 10 minutes and it was over with.”

The simple answer, Hanna Scott explained, is the limited availability at the beginning.

“Tom, you’ll be in line, you’ll be first in line,” John Curley suggested.

“Actually I’d rather my mother be first in line,” Tom replied.

Jack Stine suggested we’re already ready to reopen schools, with or without a vaccine.

“Critics of Jack Stine say to me ‘think of the teachers,'” Stine said. “To which I say, wait a minute. Let’s say a group of teachers is at risk. Why can’t they Zoom in? Why does it have to be one way or the other?”

Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin made plans to start making sacrifices moving into the winter.

“I don’t want us to get back to the very beginning,” Reutin said. “That’s not good for our mental health. That’s not good for business. I’m not going to tell other people what they can do, I’m just going to look at myself.”

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The Rundown: Who gets the vaccine first?