The COVID-19 vaccination campaign is underway throughout the country and the region, but some jurisdictions in the Washington, DC area have expressed concern about not having enough doses to cover eligible individuals.
Maryland entered Phase 1C of inoculation on Monday, which now includes adults ages 65 to 74, essential workers and others in the food industry, as well as healthcare workers, education personnel and more. But authorities in some counties say this will be a difficult task since they do not have the necessary vaccines.
Montgomery has only received about 26,900 immunizations, according to officials, a figure that only covers 2.4% of its residents.
“For one population [sic] of more than a million, that’s not enough, ”said Council Member Gabe Albornoz.
For its part, Prince George’s has been forced to make changes to the system and cancel some vaccination appointments after many non-county residents signed up to be inoculated.
“When we figured it out, we made adjustments,” said executive Angela Alsobrooks, adding that she is ensuring that only residents – especially seniors – and people who work in the county have priority.
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In DC, the health authorities have also expressed that the city requires more vaccines to cover its eligible population.
“We simply don’t have enough vaccines,” the capital’s health director said at a press conference on Monday, while wearing a mask with the phrase “DC needs more vaccines.”
The District has already administered more than 51,000 immunizations and this week it will receive nearly 14,500, fewer than it needs.
In Virginia, the situation is similar: Fairfax County Public School employee appointments, which are part of Phase 1b, were canceled for Tuesday due to lack of materials.
The county told TELEMUNDO 44 that about 132,000 people are on waiting lists to receive their immunization, and that it could take months to receive and administer them.
“The vaccine supply is very limited,” said Jeremy Lasich, a spokesman for the Fairfax Health department.
In Arlington County, some appointments also had to be rescheduled after Virginia Hospital Center ran out of doses.
At Prince William, a department spokeswoman said they will receive about 6,000 doses this week, a third of what they really need.
“We are doing what we can,” said Kathy Stewart.
On the positive side: in general, the seven-day average of new cases in the region has stabilized in recent days, showing a slowdown in the spread of the virus.
Counties told TELEMUNDO 44 that improving the vaccine distribution and administration process requires intervention from the administration of President Joe Biden.
“We need the support of the federal government to help businesses and all organizations that are making vaccines do more and do it faster,” said Gabe Albornoz, vice chairman of the Montgomery County Council.
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