Opinion | Lagging Vaccinations, and Trump’s Mismanagement

To the Editor:

Re “Vaccinations Lag as States Tackle Logistical Woes” (front page, Jan. 1):

May I suggest one possible way to speed the vaccination effort? Since 2012 more than 60,000 nurses have retired yearly from full-time employment. Our country now has hundreds of thousands of educated and clinically experienced nurses well qualified to administer Covid-19 vaccines. We are an untapped resource to help mount a national vaccination initiative.

I encourage Joe Biden to put out a call on Inauguration Day to all retired, furloughed and part-time nurses. We can help staff a new federal-state partnership to achieve his goal to administer 100 million shots in the first 100 days of his administration. During World War II women inspired by Rosie the Riveter stepped up to meet a national need; U.S. nurses can do the same during this pandemic.

Gail Rosselot
Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
The writer is a nurse practitioner and immediate past president of the American Travel Health Nurses Association.

To the Editor:

We should be running a continuous flow of vaccinations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospitals, pharmacies and other supply chain components have traditional hours and staffing, but this is an emergency, like producing munitions during World War II. We need a nonstop product flow for the next half year or so.

We need two things: 1) a core of highly experienced supply chain managers supplementing the public health professionals; and 2) a management structure, probably under the Defense Production Act, to coordinate, organize and manage the supply chain.

Jonathan Byrnes
Lexington, Mass.
The writer teaches supply chain management at M.I.T.

To the Editor:

Re “President’s Focus in the Management of the Pandemic: Himself” (front page, Jan. 1):

If President Trump and Ted Cruz and their ilk had spent half as much time and effort organizing inoculations as they have spent challenging the election results, at least 20 million Americans would have been vaccinated by now.

Operation Warped.

Randall Walker
Rochester, Minn.
The writer is an infectious diseases specialist.

To the Editor:

The Times surmises that Covid management came down to one consideration for President Trump: What did it mean for him? I submit that there wasn’t a single issue after election night that was not viewed through that same prism.

Mark Brady
Dix Hills, N.Y.

To the Editor:

Trump’s Laws of Management:

1) Anything I can mess up I will mess up.

2) In choosing someone for a job, the only criterion to be used is personal loyalty. Expertise or experience is irrelevant.

3) Don’t waste time planning. If there are any problems, someone else will figure it out.

4) On no account accept responsibility for anything that goes wrong.

5) When things go wrong, blame the states.

Jeremy Posner
New York
The writer is a retired management consultant.

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