Here’s why Virginia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is moving slower than expected

VDH distribute doses across Virginia, based on population size and infrastructure needed to vaccinate people

Vaccine distribution slower than anticipated in Roanoke Valley
Vaccine distribution slower than anticipated in Roanoke Valley

ROANOKE, Va. – We need to do better.

That’s the message from one local health director addressing shortfalls and confusion over COVID vaccine distribution.

As many health districts move into priority group 1b, Roanoke City and Alleghany Health District Director Dr. Cynthia Morrow said they’re facing roadblocks.

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“We recognize that a lot of people are scared, they’re frustrated. Our numbers validate that. That fear and frustration is understandable and we too are frustrated that we have neither the vaccine supply nor the infrastructure to vaccinate everybody at once,” Morrow said.

10 News took those concerns to Virginia vaccine coordinator Dr. Danny Avula who said that we’re dependent on supply from the federal government.

It’s then up to VDH to distribute those doses across Virginia, based on population size and infrastructure needed to vaccinate people.

“We have 110,000 or so doses that are going to come in each week and not everybody is going to get what they’re asking for,” explained Avula.


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