Central Shenandoah Health District says may be at least March before Phase 1b vaccination complete


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(WFXR) — Only a week after the Central Shenandoah Health District started making closed COVID-19 vaccination clinics available for Phase 1b priority groups, health officials announced some of those group members may have to wait until at least March to be vaccinated.

According to a statement released on Monday, Jan. 25 by the Central Shenandoah Health District — which includes Bath, Highland, and Rockbridge counties, as well as the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington — there are more than 300,000 people living within the health district.

As of Saturday, Jan. 23, the health district says it has administered 4,860 doses of the vaccine.

However, health officials say the weekly vaccine allocation to the Central Shenandoah Health District and its healthcare partners over the next four to six weeks is estimated at approximately 3,400 doses.

Therefore, due to this limited supply, the health district says it may be March or later before everyone included in Phase 1b can receive the vaccine.

While you wait, you are asked to continue washing your hands, watching your distance, and wearing a mask.

For more information on how to get your vaccine through the Central Shenandoah Health District, follow this link.

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