Saeideh Mirghorbani

Assistant Professor of Business Analytics and Operations at Binghamton Univer...
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  • From the distribution point of view, it seems that the states and major cities have not started to utilize their entire available resources. We already know that the hospitals are full, and the frontline healthcare workers are overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients. We need fresh venues and personnel. Therefore, it is time to establish temporary vaccination sites and attract volunteers to boost the vaccination process. We have seen an incredible response to national volunteering opportunities, so why not take advantage of that now.

    6 February 2021
  • The US has shown a dissatisfactory performance in the COVID-19 vaccination process, and it can be analyzed from multiple aspects, according to Saeideh Mirghorbani, an assistant professor of business analytics and operations at Binghamton University's School of Management. For instance, when considering residents older than 65, these residents are usually slower in accommodating technology and might be doubtful about the vaccines' effectiveness and safety. Thus, when asking them to schedule their spots online, the process won’t go fast.

    From the distribution point of view, it seems that the states and major cities have not started to utilize their entire available resources. We already know that the hospitals are full, and the frontline healthcare workers are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. We need fresh venues and personnel. Therefore, it is time to establish temporary vaccination sites and attract volunteers to boost the vaccination process. We have seen an incredible response to national volunteering opportunities, so why not take advantage of that now.

    Also, it appears to me that the estimations are not accurate enough. We are seeing some states have excess vaccines, while the others are complaining about shortages. Firstly, this can be caused by weak demand estimation. Keep in mind that the demand for the vaccine is affected by many factors now, such as skepticism and accessibility. Furthermore, the states need to be swift in redistributing the vaccine when there are extras. The vaccines should remain in federal possession as long as they are not injected, so the states won’t be able to hoard them while the other states are struggling with the lack of vaccine supplies.

    And last but not least, the vaccination will be effective if only the entire world is immune. So, while we are vaccinating our people, we should plan to contribute positively to the vaccination process in low-income countries as a leading country.

    6 February 2021
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  • Binghamton University, State University of New York
    Assistant Professor of Business Analytics and Operations