My county health department released 10K doses of H1N1 vaccine yesterday and opened up two distribution centers for them. With all the anti-vaccination craziness out there, I was worried no one would show.
Turns out, no need to worry.
My friend went yesterday and waited for four hours with thousands of other people. From a public health perspective, perhaps it would have been better to have multiple smaller centers to avoid exposure, but people did not wait inside in crowded rooms, but outside in the wind. That’s probably better, but who knows. At a time when mass vaccination is needed, and the public health infrastructure of this country is a chaotic hodge-podge of local, state, and federal institutions, it’s amazing anyone gets a vaccine on time at all.
I’m happy the first round of vaccination was popular, not so happy that we had to crowd thousands of people together during a pandemic to do it. Still, it’s a net good—people crowd anyway, and if they do it for vaccination, great.
So the anti-vaxers may be loud, but the public doesn’t seem to be lapping it up. If we are very, very lucky, we may be able to blunt this pandemic a bit.