Last April, when my daughter, a nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, entered work, she walked past a line of refrigerator trucks outside the hospital containing the bodies of COVID19 victims. The hospital’s morgue was full.

We were all horrified and knew that we were experiencing a catastrophic health crisis. In a miraculously short period of time, scientists around the world were able to develop and test several vaccines to combat the pandemic. One would think that our national, state and local governments would have started to build systems to effectively and equitably distribute the vaccine when it became obvious that we faced an emergency of historic proportions. That did not happen.

The Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic was incompetent, incoherent and deliberately misled the public. But the state of Maryland still should have planned for the eventual distribution of the vaccines. The state government has the name, address, date of birth, phone and email address for every taxpayer, driver, vehicle owner, voter, licensed medical provider, educator and first responder in the state.

It has been a year since we recognized that we were experiencing a pandemic. Why didn’t the state of Maryland use those resources to create systems to effectively prioritize, organize and deliver the vaccine to Maryland residents? It would be a challenging task, but the technology required is well established.

Citizens are faced with a chaotic, confusing and infuriating search for the vaccine. We have to spend hours checking multiple websites for vaccine availability. The lack of transparency leads to rampant rumors about where the vaccine is available and who has a connection or receives special treatment. Each vaccine provider maintains its own process for determining eligibility and list of potential recipients. As the availability of vaccines increases, each provider will waste time and resources contacting people who have already been vaccinated due to a lack of coordination. Primary care providers, anticipating that they would be delivering the vaccine, invested in the expensive equipment required to store and deliver the vaccine and in training staff only to be excluded from the delivery process. There is no centralized record of who was vaccinated, date inoculated, or the vaccines delivered. And we can’t tell if the most vulnerable members of the community are being adequately served.

This is an epic failure that is causing frustration, distrust and has further eroded our faith in our governments at every level. Maryland should have done better.

(32) comments

phydeaux994

bosco’s guy LOST and bosco can’t handle it like an adult. He is hysterically lashing out at the WINNERS like a spoiled child who didn’t get his way. Trump LOST....America WON. Deal with it bosco.

bosco

Just like the Dimocrats dealt with when their Queen lost four years ago? You just don't your turn in the barrel, do you, Fido? Quid Pro Joe is an embarrassment. I do like it, though, when he reads from a single telepromter and does the ask/answer thing. Reminds me of Floyd R. Turbo. All he needs is an Elmer Fudd hat.

Awteam2021

Would you loan him your hat?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@AWteam2021

Lice....

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Greg F

OMG piddle..whataboutism on this back to Clinton? You really stretch the limit and give morons a whole new level of being what they are. I think a town is missing it's drunk...you better go back.

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Hayduke2

Wow, constantly making excuses for Trump and his incompetent administration. Loves to through out whataboutisms and play the victim and devolve into his go to, which is name calling or crude references. The same ol' same ol' pdl....

veritas

We've registered at so many vaccination sites I can't imagine we've missed a single one. Each site has its own lengthy verbiage on the situation, but they could all save time and energy just posting: "We're sorry. You're screwed."

threecents

They are still on 1A and 1B dude. Be patient.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@threecents

I think V was saying she is in one those of groups...or if she isn't and is this upset at not being able to get a vaccine appt. then well maybe we can see why she is screwed, and why we don't care.

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shiftless88

The Cult of Personality around Trump is astounding. And hypocritical. And a bit scary. People cease to think for themselves and basically bow to their king.

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shiftless88

Piddle keeps imagining a world that doesn't exist. Hint: travel was not "banned" from Europe or China. Hundreds of thousands of US citizens returned from Europe and China after the "ban". They were not tested or quarantined. They brought the virus with them because, amazing as you may find it, the virus does not care about your passport.

Dwasserba

Lucidity in an era of chaos.

threecents

Not sure that using voter roles or tax payer roles would have improved anything. I would have liked national vaccine distribution have been coordinated better, as we have systems in place for flu vaccine distribution every year.

bosco

"Come on,man, give me a break" (said Quid Pro Joe in a rare answer to an unscripted question from the press)

Quid Pro Joe redently claimed the refrigerators were empty on January 20 and CommaLA claimed they had to start from scratch on the distribution logistics. Of course, they also claimed they wouldn't take the vaccine while campaigning, but hustled to the front of the line to get it later.

On a serious note, aren't we glad that Hogan is our governor and not some Emmy-winning clown like Cuomo? Grandma Died and Cuomo Lied.

shiftless88

Face it: Tax Cheat Trump blew it. They lied about reserves. They did not help coordinate. They basically just said "you're on your own". Great leadership!

Greg F

Got that right Shiftless!

Greg F

Bonzo...we all saw the articles about how trump lied about the number of doses available and in production. We all saw his focus on the coup attempt and dereliction of duties since he lost...er...."won by a landslide" hahahaha! We saw him lie the entire time, we saw he tore up the pandemic plan he first said didn't exist. We all saw him disband the pandemic team. We all saw his total failure to come up with one legitimate idea on how to handle the virus, or anything else for that matter. We all see you...and shake our heads at how willfully ignorant you like to be.

bosco

Doctor Fed Up GregF, here's a list of lies by Quid Pro Joe just since January 20th. If you'll notice, he lied about the vaccine and the distribution plan. You must love your new sock puppet dictator - the great uniter.

https://thefederalist.com/2021/01/22/heres-the-full-list-of-every-lie-joe-biden-has-told-as-president/

Greg F

Trump lied. 500K died.

phydeaux994

A lot of the problem though is that there is just not enough vaccine. The Trump Administration promised that the day the Vaccine was approved Operation Warp Speed would have planeloads of vaccine delivering it all around the Country. They also didn’t commit to buying all they were offered and it was sold to other Countries. And to top it off, the weather across the Country delayed shipments.

llrowse

Had the entry of Covid into the United States been handled properly, the present situation would likely not be catastrophic.

threecents

And of course if the president had not convinced his followers that it was just a bad flu that would end soon and that masks were for losers, then a lot of others would not have died and places would have been able to open sooner.

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shiftless88

Bosco: why do you keep evading the issue that Trump was the PRESIDENT and he provided no leadership. And why do you avoid mentioning that Fauci was dealing with a dire shortage of N95 masks. Additionally it was not clear at that time how the virus was spreading. Fauci changed his tune with new evidence but TaxCheat Trump did not.

Awteam2021

bosco Feb 28, 2020 8:05am stated:

“We can thank the media for whipping up the hysteria over coronvirus, and yet, flying under their radar is the story posted in another FNP article:

"More than 30 adults and five children have died so far in Maryland from the flu, and there are still about two months left in the season.

Of the 38 deaths reported, 33 were adults, according to the most recent weekly Maryland Department of Health flu report."

And yet, only about 50% of the population gets a flu shot every year.

Wash your hand, wash your hands, wash your hands!”

Since that comment 1/2 million deaths from the Coronavirus in the USA.

shiftless88

At that point people in other countries realized that masking was important AND they had a supply ready to go.

Hayduke2

AWT - some commenters have nothing better to do than "push buttons" and try to make themselves feel relevant by getting responses. Guess they would be better off finding some kind of video game to occupy their time.

bosco

Wasn't February 28th the date that Pelosi made her hug and kiss tour of Chinatown telling Anericans everything was fine and come on down? Wasn't it early March 2020 when Fauci said on 60 Mintues that masks were not needed, just sneeze into your elbow?

I'm sure some googlers here can confirm the exact dates.

Pelosi and Fauci Lied and People Died.

Grandma Died and Cuomo Lied.

Hayduke2

Wow, just wow...

Hayduke2

Like the president and some of his staunch supporters here, they will try to run away from their comments and produce some kind of what about....

Awteam2021

Bosco, I hope you do know that Chinatown in SanFrancisco is an American community, established in the 1840’s? Unless you feel birth rights don’t make you American, only unless of ‘European dissent’, then I understand your point.

I feel their community is as American as Frederick, German decent. Obviously you don’t.

Pelosi should definitely advocate on behalf of the communities she represents. It’s part of her District. 🤷‍♂️ They are citizens of the United States and deserve representation in Congress. Just like you... Should you be denied representation, seeing you are of mostly European descent, but with some African lineage, and a retired postal worker, too ashamed to admit you worked for the US postal service? What’s your get out of jail ‘free card’ ? Answr: you were born here.

threecents

Bosco, How many times do you have to be told something before you listen? All the people you blame - except Cuomo - were giving the best information available to them at the time. Trump was the one who deliberately went against the available information. Do you not see that?

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