Dare County health officials update residents on COVID-19 vaccine supply

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Posted at 7:01 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:01:30-05

DARE COUNTY, N.C. - Dare County health officials announced Tuesday that they have secured majority of the COVID-19 vaccine needed for Friday's appointments.

Officials received news Monday that the county's vaccine allocation for this current week was cut by more than 50% and the state had instead diverted those doses to a mega vaccine event in the Charlotte area.

The unexpected reduction in vaccine allocation made the county consider canceling Friday's vaccine appointments.

Health officials say they have now been able to secure much of the vaccine shortfall from some hospital partners. They say they are still working to secure more doses for Friday, in hopes that they do not have to cancel any appointments.

On Tuesday, team members called many of Friday’s appointments to confirm their appointment.

Those who are scheduled to receive vaccination on Friday, will receive a call from department by the end of the day Thursday.

Officials say by Friday they will receive a notification of what their weekly allotment will be for the next 3 weeks. There are approximately 2,400 individuals aged 65 and older who are on the waiting list.

The vaccine allotment issue is only related to first doses this week, those who already received their first dose, their second dose appointment still stands.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Dare County, click here.