ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 Information at 10) — Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is accessible, the restricted provide, damaged web sites, busy telephones and booked appointments are irritating hundreds of Georgians. Governor Brian Kemp joined well being officers for a press convention on January 12, 2021 to deal with the issues throughout their newest replace.
Gwinnett County resident Nancy Morrison says her go to to this Lawrenceville Well being Middle for the COVID-19 vaccine was a very long time coming. “For me to have the ability to get this and get protected towards the coronavirus, I’m simply thrilled. My husband is right here, each of us acquired it,” she stated.
She’s a survivor: a double lung transplant and double coronary bypass affected person. “We’re actually lucky. Our daughter Diane is the one who caught with it and saved calling and saved calling,” stated Morrison on getting an appointment.
Gov. Kemp and Georgia DPH Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey are giving an replace on COVID-19 vaccine distribution, after counties had been overwhelmed with appointment requests and technical points. pic.twitter.com/NMjng3QebG
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Hundreds of eligible persons are dealing with the identical problem of getting the vaccine. “There are definitely challenges with getting the vaccine into folks’s arms. However we have now seen an unbelievable demand for the vaccine, which I’m very glad about,” stated Dr. Audrey Arona, the district well being director for the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Well being Departments.
“Sure, the cellphone traces can be busy. Sure, the web site will definitely crash,” stated Governor Brian Kemp, reiterating how these points had been anticipated from the start, as there’s extra demand than there’s vaccine to go round. The state is now permitting folks 65 and older to get it so long as it’s obtainable, which provides over 1,000,000 extra Georgians who qualify. “I’ll proceed to ask folks to be affected person,” Kemp stated.
There’s concern of a possible authorities scarcity of vaccines earlier than folks can get the required second doses. “Suppliers have wished to carry onto the vaccine, which we have now informed them, don’t do,” stated Georgia Division of Public Well being Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey. “In the event that they’re holding vaccines, they usually’re not giving them, we’re gonna go get them, and provides them to folks that can give them out,” stated Kemp.
They’re additionally addressing issues concerning the new pressure of coronavirus. “The excellent news is, our vaccines will shield us from that variant as properly.”
Kemp says states are nonetheless ready on the federal authorities to launch extra of the vaccine. As at all times, they’re asking everybody to proceed following the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention pointers.