Access, allocation and deployment

To stop the pandemic, wouldn’t it be better to give the first available doses to those most at risk of transmitting the disease rather than to those most at risk of serious infection?

Not everyone can be vaccinated at once. Recommendations for how to allocate these vaccines are based on three goals: to decrease death and serious disease as much as possible, to keep the most critical essential health services functioning; and eventually to reduce the overall disease burden so that further disruption of social and economic functions can be avoided.

This is why healthcare personnel, people aged 60 years and older and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, our knowledge on the actual capability to prevent transmission of the currently available vaccines is still limited.