A Massachusetts woman is among those who will get a vaccine as part of a new federal plan to help people get vaccines that are in short supply.
Patient-care workers, nursing homes, and other public health agencies in Massachusetts will be eligible for the shot under the new federal Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VDP) Initiative.
The state and local government are eligible to get one dose of the vaccine at a time.
State Rep. Susanne Gille, D-New Bedford, will get her second dose, and she’s optimistic about the results of the state’s second dose.
Gille says the vaccine will be more effective for people who don’t have insurance coverage for the vaccine and who are vulnerable to the disease, including those with preexisting conditions and the elderly.
The goal is to make sure people with preexcited conditions get the shot, and if that happens, she says, we will get to the point where people with pre-existing conditions get vaccinated.
She says the VDP will allow her to see her daughter for the first time in four years, and that the vaccine is helping her live longer.
State Sen. David Johnson, D, New Bedford, is also a patient-care worker.
Johnson is excited about the VPD, but says the government should be doing more to help the public.
He said he would like the federal government to expand its Medicaid program.
“If we’re not going to expand Medicaid, we’re going to need to make Medicaid more generous,” Johnson said.
“We need to get people back to work, and it’s not just about getting the money.”
In Massachusetts, about 100,000 people will receive doses of the VDPA vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state’s health department is still reviewing the VHP, which is scheduled to start delivering doses on April 7.
The VDP, which also has a federal component, is designed to address the public health emergency caused by the pandemics that have hit many countries in recent years.
The plan also calls for the state to use the federal money to help families get vaccines.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that administers the federal health insurance program, said in a statement that the VCPP is intended to help provide coverage for some of the population at greatest risk of contracting the pandics.
It also said that some of those populations include pregnant women and women with a history of the disease who are at higher risk for complications, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
The federal government has pledged $1.8 billion to help states and localities with vaccines.