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Low Supply Slowing Vaccination Rollout

By Travis Volz

With demand for COVID vaccines far outpacing supply, the number of Washington County residents receiving shots remains frustratingly low.

“Vaccine continues to trickle in much slower than we would like, and without vaccine coming in, it can’t be given,” said Washington County Health Department Administrator Elizabeth Lehde.

Washington County faces a number of challenges that has created a backlog of people waiting to have shots administered.

According to the Illinois Department of Health vaccine rollout plan, priority for vaccines in Phase 1B is given to essential employees in education through 12th grade, manufacturing, postal workers, grocery store workers, and agricultural workers involved with processing and animal services.

“This is an incredibly large group in our county,” said Lehde.

As a result, the list of those awaiting shots has expanded to almost 3,000 people, including about 1000 qualifying essential workers.

Lehde said she has requested additional doses to help expedite the county’s vaccination program, but supplies are still severely limited.

Read the full article in this week’s issue. 

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