As of tomorrow, hospitals in Virginia will now not be capable to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Hundreds of elderly people are having their vaccine appointments canceled. Any further, all COVID-19 vaccines will go to the native well being departments and none on to hospitals.
Virginia Hospital Middle had been working clinics all day on daily basis to provide individuals the vaccine. Appointments there for all 1st dose vaccines have been canceled as a result of the hospital will now not be capable to get the vaccines.
Northam’s well being division has additionally forbidden individuals from crossing county traces to get the vaccine. If the county subsequent to you has an abundance of the vaccine, you possibly can’t get it. Solely residents of that county might get their vaccine.
These new guidelines will lead to many individuals both having their vaccination appointment canceled or delayed for months. Presently, 7.5 million individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and DC qualify to get the vaccine, if solely they’d entry to it. The brand new guidelines restrict the choices residents have for getting the shot. Everybody MUST undergo their native well being division to be vaccinated. Which means in a county equivalent to Loudoun, with a inhabitants of over 420,000, and two well being division areas to obtain the vaccine, will proceed to inoculate 400 to 900 individuals a day. There aren’t any different choices. The Loudoun well being division has mentioned they’re attempting to open a 3rd location for vaccinations (presumably at Dulles City Middle) however that would take months. If Loudoun continues at its present tempo it would take properly over a yr for the native well being division to inoculate all those that need vaccines. If Loudoun hospitals have been allowed to open clinics for vaccines, many extra individuals may very well be inoculated on daily basis however the Northam administration is not going to allow it.
Right here is the link, through Hans. On the whole, Virginia is a reasonably well-run state, however as of late it has not been cracking the highest 40 for vaccine distribution.