‘It’s going to take time’: Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts warn vaccination will take months


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the Roanoke Valley and the Alleghany Highlands face a severe vaccine shortage due to the limited supply being distributed to the Virginia Department of Health by manufacturers, health officials warn it will take months to vaccinate the local population.

According to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, even though roughly half of Virginians quality for vaccination in Phase 1b, Virginia is only expected to receive 110,000 doses per week for the foreseeable future.

In addition, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts have a population of approximately 275,000 people — of whom approximately 100,000 are eligible for vaccination under Phase 1b guidelines — but the health districts only expect to receive 3,000 doses per week to dispense to that population.

“Thanks to partners such as Carilion Clinic, we’re making progress, but it’s going to take time,” the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, the VDH vaccination dashboard says an average of 24,790 doses are being administered in Virginia each day, with 497,581 people in Virginia vaccinated with at least one dose.

You can learn more about vaccination efforts in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts by clicking here.

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