VDH working to reduce problems with coronavirus vaccine communication

The Roanoke Valley will only be receiving 3,000 doses a week

ROANOKE, Va. – The spread of the coronavirus in the Roanoke Valley appears to be slowing down, but vaccine distribution isn’t speeding up any time soon.

“It’s just an extraordinary struggle and we have to do better,” said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the director for both the Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has changed the way it’s allocating doses so local districts can no longer request an amount based on need.

Instead, VDH is simply distributing the shots based on population.

For the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, that means about 3,000 weekly doses; however, that’s not nearly enough to cover the more than 100,000 people in these districts currently eligible for the vaccine.

These two health districts cover Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke counties, as well as the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem.

“It’s going to be months before we can get everybody who wants to get vaccinated, vaccinated,” explained Morrow.

In the meantime, improving communication is something they can work on, which Morrow admits they’re struggling with greatly.

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