Here’s why some elderly Virginians fear they will miss getting the coronavirus vaccine

Internet accessibility poses a major problem

ROANOKE, Va. – With nearly half a million Virginians vaccinated, some elderly are being left behind.

As Phase 1b of coronavirus vaccinations continues, hiccups keep arising.

Internet accessibility poses a major problem for some elderly residents at Clearview Manor Apartments in Vinton.

“Well, I don’t know where you can go to register. I don’t have a computer to get on. So I have no idea,” John Hippensteel, 68, said.

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Though a bus may be able to help some people, others don’t have a method of transportation.

“A lot of people here don’t have cars or [anyone] to take them,” explained 67-year-old Shirley Thornhill.

“But your point about that transportation is an issue is really well taken and I think one of the things that is important for us as a society to do is to look around us and see how we can help our older residents who are disproportionately going to be hospitalized,” said Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Virginia Department of Health.

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