Roanoke, Alleghany health officials warn those currently eligible for vaccination may have to wait until March


A health worker extracts a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the military base in Queretaro, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. The first batches of vaccines produced by Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech arrived to Mexico the previous day. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Residents around the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may have to wait until at least March to be vaccinated.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts posted the following statement on Facebook on Thursday, Jan. 21:

It may be March or later before all currently eligible will be able to receive vaccine.

Even though Phase 1b was expanded to include many over the age of 65 and those with serious medical conditions, we have not yet received a large enough supply of doses.

We have faith that all who want a vaccine will eventually receive it.

We share your frustration and disappointment if you were unable to enroll in this weekend’s clinic. We are working with other healthcare providers to provide as many doses, as soon as possible.

Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts

The health districts also say that more vaccination clinics are forthcoming.

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