Thursday, December 31, 2020

Florida counties give away vaccine for free and there are long lines

See Florida's first-come, first-serve Covid-19 vaccination plan for the elderly leads to scramble by Eric Levenson, Angela Barajas and Ryan Young of CNN. Excerpt:

"Florida's county-by-county plan to vaccinate its elderly population has created a mass scramble for a limited number of doses, leading to hourslong lines at vaccination sites and overwhelmed county hotlines and websites.

In southwest Florida, the Lee County Department of Health encouraged anyone 65 and older and high-risk frontline health care workers to come to one of seven vaccination sites. Each site had just 300 vaccine doses, and "no appointment is necessary," the county said.
The first-come, first-serve plan led to huge lines forming overnight Tuesday as people camped out on lawn chairs and waited for hours."
Here is the definition of a scarce good I use in my classes:

Scarce-A good or resource is scarce when the amount available is less than the amount people would want if it were given away free of charge.

Related posts about problems when thing are given away for free:
There's no such thing as free cheesecake

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