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Local doctors, government weigh in on Georgia’s vaccine distribution plan

Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 8:56 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Local doctors and physicians say they need more access to the COVID-19 vaccine and quickly.

Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that Operation Warp Speed will not be allocating any additional allotments than what is being distributed presently.

“If it is Operation Warp Speed, it needs to be operation warp speedier,” said Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson.

Muscogee County has a population of roughly 200,000 and as of Wednesday, less than seven percent of that figure has been vaccinated.

Local hospitals and the Department of Public Health have been tasked with administering the vaccine to the community, but on limited supply.

The West Central Health District received 3,700 doses of Moderna and Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital received roughly 5,000 doses of Moderna for community allocation.

“We have the staff, we have the capability, we have the freezer, but there is no clear communication on our level of what to expect,” said Terri Jordan, CEO of ACE Healthcare.

Doctor’s offices like ACE Healthcare have registered with the state to help expedite the vaccination process, but after months of waiting, still have no clear answer when they will get doses.

“Pfizer has basically told me that it really truly is at the state level with how it is being dosed out,” Jordan said.

Henderson said there is no word yet on when more vaccines will become available, but when they are, he wants to construct additional vaccination clinics at places like the Civic Center to create wider availability for the community.

“The hardest part is knowing the vaccine has been approved and produced, but now we are all just waiting on its arrival,” Henderson said.

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