Thousands of People Are Still Waiting on Their Vaccine
April 07, 2021
According to a recent article by CBS 17 titled "As Waitlist Grows to Nearly 30,000, Durham County Health Director Advocates for More Vaccines"
thousands of people in Group 4 are still waiting on their COVID-19 vaccine appointments, and it could be weeks until they are called upon. Group 4 consists of people between the ages of 18 and 64 with underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, asthma, and smokers.
As soon as the Durham County Department of Public Health opened the waitlist to Group 4, the list grew from 5,000 to 15,000 people. Now, health officials say there are about 15,000 to 30,000 people on the waitlist. Rod Jenkins, the Durham County Department of Public Health director, said some of the Group 4 recipients have already been vaccinated but expect many more in the upcoming weeks. Although the Durham County Department of Public Health can vaccine 6,400 people per week, only about 1,500 to 1,600 are getting vaccinated with their current doses. Jenkins says they will hold more vaccination events with churches and other groups so that more people can receive a vaccine and expects to receive more doses from Johnson & Johnson soon.
While plenty of people are still waiting for a vaccine appointment, a married couple, Laura and Phil James were able to get their vaccines at Southpoint Pharmacy after waiting just a couple of days. The pharmacy does not have a waitlist, and they try to get everyone an appointment as soon as possible. "We can feel safe, and others around us can feel safe," says James.
For more information on how to schedule an appointment, click here: As Waitlist Grows to Nearly 30,000, Durham County Health Director Advocates for More Vaccines