FONDA — Thousands of people today who are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination must not count on to get the vaccine any time shortly due to a lack of the vaccine, explained Montgomery County Government Matt Ossenfort all through a dwell update on Fb.

In the are living update Thursday, he mentioned the condition is only obtaining 300,000 vaccinations a week. He explained that the selection is identified by the federal authorities then given to the point out, which is then responsible for distributing individuals vaccines. Ossenfort claimed the 300,000 vaccines the state is receiving is not enough to meet the capacity of those who are eligible for the vaccine.

“The local overall health departments, the hospitals, the Office for the Getting older, not only in Montgomery County, but all over the region and state have experienced an overwhelming volume of phone calls and pursuits in finding the vaccine, which would not always be a poor issue in alone, but the challenge is qualified does not always signify available,” Ossenfort said. “The source just isn’t there.”

He extra that at the fee that the vaccine is currently being dispersed, it would take nearly all yr to just complete Phase 1B which opened on Jan. 8. Section 1A also has but to be concluded.

To assist with the high demand from customers of these who are intrigued and eligible in obtaining the vaccine, and to solution questions anybody might have, the county is starting up a COVID-19 Vaccine Wait Listing Hotline at (518) 853-8247 that will be open up during organization hours, and will allow for persons to go away messages as nicely.

“We wished to give men and women the possibility to discuss to a human and give the solutions to issues they may have, “Ossenfort said.

“[We’re] carrying out the hotline to cut down the stress from the well being office, medical center and Office environment for the Getting old,” he additional.

Ossenfort claimed it also gives an different choice for all those who may well not have online accessibility or just want to speak to “a human.”

The county has designed a listing of individuals who would like to just take the vaccine from the study carried out, and as the vaccines appear in they will get the job done their way down the list to have persons register to get the vaccine.

The moment the vaccine gets accessible, there will be plenty of areas to get it, such as pharmacies, Ossenfort stated.

If there are spaces open up in other counties, Ossenfort explained for Montgomery County residents to sign up to get the vaccines in one of these counties.

“I would say if you are someone who’s cell, say you are a frontline employee, and you can go somewhere else to get it, I say go for it,” Ossenfort claimed. “There’s going to be several methods you can get it. The county will get far more vaccines, but I suggest it can not hurt to get on our checklist, and if you get it at the clinic or you stop up getting it someplace else, then which is high-quality.”



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