Yet if there’s one thing the states moving most quickly have in common, it is that they have tried to bring at least some measure of order and simplicity to a process otherwise marked by chaos and complexity.
In South Dakota, distribution of the vaccine has been limited to a small number of health-care providers who meet via phone twice a week and can make decisions on the fly as conditions change.
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Connecticut has teamed with a well-established partnership network, while using community ambassadors to advocate for the vaccine among populations where hesitancy runs high.
And West Virginia has tightly coordinated its rollout efforts, using the National Guard to speed supplies to where they are needed while streamlining the rules for who can get immunized.
Officials in all three states say that while coronavirus vaccination is inevitably complicated, they want to keep it from being any more confusing than necessary.
The above represents what Oregon could or should have done.
…In many states, Dai said, governors have delegated the vaccination process to a web of underfunded county health departments, along with hospitals, pharmacies, HMOs and doctor’s offices. Each has devised its own sign-up systems and made its own rules for who can get vaccinated and when.
And that’s what Oregon’s doing.