The Health Department will not be making any new appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations until Feb. 1.
Daniel Buck said in an email this morning that the sheer volume of calls led officials to decide to administer the vaccines that are currently available, then begin another round.
Thursday, Jan. 7, was supposed to be the first day people over 75 could make appointments for the vaccination, but the health department began setting appointments days before due to the number of inquiries. The day before the official start date for appointments, the department was booked through next week.
Appointments are booked based on the number of vaccines allotted to the county, Buck said.
“We are scheduling to administer as many vaccines as we will be receiving in our allotment each week,” Buck said in the email. “It is our goal to serve the residents of Columbus County as effectively as possible and ensure that everyone that wants a vaccine gets a vaccine.”
The county is following the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. Currently, Phase 1B, only people 75 years of age and over can get vaccinations.