Local coronavirus coverage
by: News Channel 11 staff
Posted: Jan 23, 2021 / 9:25 am EST / Updated: January 23, 2021 / 9:25 am EST
A member of medical staff prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif., Thursday, January 21, 2021 (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)
WISE, Va. (WJHL) – According to a press release on Saturday morning, the Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older starting Monday, January 25.
The press release warned that vaccine supply continues to be limited.
The state will continue to receive about 100,000 doses per week from the federal government – likely until the end of February, according to the release – and vaccine allocation will be based on population.
The Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts each account for 1% of the state’s population, resulting in the allocation of 1% of the state’s vaccines, despite the surge in COVID-19 cases in the southwestern Virginia.
This allowance is made available to health systems, local health services and community partners. Saturday’s announcement revealed that the rollout is a “substantial reduction” from previous vaccine allocations to the health district.
Although the second doses are not included in this allocation, the release says they will be available in time for those who received the first dose.
Health systems, health districts and community partners in far southwestern Virginia will prioritize those most at risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes. Deaths from COVID-19 have been highest in our older populations. We will focus on vaccinating these groups, while continuing to vaccinate a smaller number of essential Phase 1b workers. As Governor Northam said, it is essential that those most at risk are protected first. So many people have to be asked to wait for a vaccine. We know it is difficult. We know everyone wants to get vaccinated quickly and we wish there was enough vaccine for everyone at this time. We will continue to immunize our community to the best of our ability with the resources we have.
Dr Karen Shelton, Acting District Director
Some Phase 1b priority groups, including manufacturing, will experience a delay in receiving their vaccines due to dwindling vaccine stocks.
People with medical problems are urged to speak to their providers before their vaccine appointment.
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