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by Daniel J. Hurst, PhD, ThM, MSc and Matthew Arbo, PhD

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)—the group advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to allocate COVID-19 vaccines, has made their recommendations based upon a phased system with high-risk healthcare workers and first responders receiving the vaccine first (Phase 1a), followed by persons with comorbidities as well as older adults living in congregate settings (Phase 1b). Phase 2 of the plan would then include many other essential workers as well as all older adults. The underlying ethics principles that the recommendations are based upon include maximizing benefit and minimizing harm, promoting justice, and mitigating health inequities. …

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