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Tue Jan 26, 2021, 03:19 PM

Coronavirus vaccination appointments canceled in D.C. region as health officials confront scarce sup

Coronavirus vaccination appointments canceled in D.C. region as health officials confront scarce supply

Washington Post
By Jenna Portnoy, Rachel Chason, Rebecca Tan and Hannah Natanson


Prince George’s County closed coronavirus vaccination appointments to nonresidents on Monday, and Inova Health System canceled thousands of appointments for Fairfax County teachers as providers across the Washington region scrambled to compensate for a limited supply of vaccine doses.

Prince George’s halted vaccination appointments for nonresidents who were eager to get the shot wherever it was available. County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said the county canceled the appointments after hearing from residents who were unable to secure a time slot amid growing competition for doses.

The situation underscored the difficulty that localities and health departments face in balancing the ballooning eligibility pools while not having enough vaccine to go around. Local governments began the week pleading for more doses to meet the demand.

Inova late Monday said it canceled scheduled vaccinations for teachers and staff members in Fairfax County Public Schools “for the foreseeable future.” The decision affects at least 15,000 school district employees — roughly 60 percent of its workforce — all of whom registered for doses under the 1B phase of Virginia’s vaccine rollout.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/coronavirus-virginia-maryland-dc/2021/01/25/a33931d0-5f11-11eb-afbe-9a11a127d146_story.html

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