Polk County Receives Increase in First Dose Supply
Good morning: The past several weeks have showcased the resiliency of our community and region. After learning our supply of COVID-19 vaccine had been reduced significantly from what we had been receiving, our community healthcare partners, St. Luke’s Hospital and Blue Ridge Health, quickly reached out to their networks to find additional supply for the community.
With their efforts we were able to honor most of the February appointments that had been postponed. In the interim, the vaccine coalition partners started a writing campaign to state leaders and submitted a request for a large event supply of vaccine. Today, we are once again overwhelmed with joy that we have received an additional 800 doses of vaccine above the 200 we had expected for the week of February 15th. This is a direct result of the dedication of public and private efforts to build a process that focuses on partnerships to administer a life-saving vaccine, enhance outreach efforts to marginalized communities, and leverages local resources to move through the last mile of distribution and administration of the vaccine.
This weekend, we began scheduling appointments for next week using the COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Survey and began working with our community resource partners to connect with historically marginalized communities. It is our hope that we can continue to demonstrate to our state and federal partners that Polk County is not just resilient, but determined to succeed.
For those still waiting for an appointment, you will remain on our list for follow-up. As appointment slots become available we will contact you by email/phone. We appreciate the communities support as we continue our mission of vaccination in the community. If there are additional questions please feel free to call the Polk County COVID-19 message line at, 828-722-5086. For periodic updates you can also visit: www.polknc.orghttps://www.facebook.com/polkncpublichealth/https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines (English) https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vacuna (Spanish)
Joshua Kennedy, Director, Health & Human Services Agency, Polk County Local Government