SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Coastal Health District has paused the scheduling of new COVID-19 vaccine appointments to ensure they have an adequate supply to fulfill appointments and second doses.
Officials say health departments in all Coastal Health District counties received an overwhelming response from residents ages 65 and older interested in COVID-19 vaccination.
Health departments in those eight counties are working through enough requests to schedule appointments through February and, in some cases, into March.
Savannah resident Marlo Walters tells News 3 that she called several times over the past few days since the health department began accepting calls.
Walters, who is her husband Tom’s caregiver, says she’s worried about getting him sick. “My husband is 65 and older, and he also has a slew of health problems right now,” she said.
After multiple attempts to get through, Walters says she had no luck.
“To call back and back and back and, you know, never being able to get through was just really disappointing,” she said.
Coastal Health District Director Dr. Lawton Davis says he understands the frustration from the public as health department staff work to get thousands of people scheduled for vaccinations.
“We need to hit the pause button – at least for a little while – so we can manage the current volume of requests,” Davis said.
He adds that at least 3,000 appointments have been scheduled so far, with at least 15,000 people calling in across multiple counties.
“It is also my sincere hope that in the very near future, more providers will have the vaccine so there are more places for folks to get vaccinated,” Davis said.
Residents can visit CHD’s website here and register to be notified when appointments open back up.
The CHD says registering online does not guarantee a vaccination appointment; it simply gives the CHD a way to notify residents when the appointment process is back underway.
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