Frustration felt by those waiting for vaccine appointments

Posted at 3:01 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 17:57:50-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Of the more than a million people who've gotten at least one dose of a vaccine, nearly 400,000 are over 70-years old.

Shirley Kappa isn't one of them. "My friends are getting calls so it's just frustrating," Kappa told News 3.

The 72-year-old has pre-registered with her local health district and keeps trying with local pharmacies, but no luck. "I'm just anxious to get it," she said.

Kappa isn't alone. Several people have written into News 3, expressing frustration with the process.

"I am just very frustrated and confused. I have waited weeks," one wrote. "We have signed up three times and have not received an appointment," another said.

Virginia is getting more vaccine doses than it was a few weeks ago at around 130,000 doses, according to Dr. Danny Avula, who is overseeing the vaccination rollout for Virginia. Health officials have said it's going to take months to get through all of Phase 1b.

The Virginia Department of Health is also hoping to clear up some of the confusion by launching a statewide pre-registration site, instead of each local health district having their own site. The new site launches on Tuesday.

Still, many are hoping their time is coming soon. "I'm eager to get the vaccine because I'm hoping to be able to travel by the fall," said Kappa.