Short supply, not distribution, remains problem in COVID-19 vaccination

Tom Smith

While Brevard County commissioners on Tuesday approved an expanded distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines involving the county’s three major hospital systems, officials say that the issue frustrating so many people is a lack of access to the medicine, not any problems with delivery.  Both commissioners and other county officials agree that continuing to expand Brevard’s vaccine distribution […]

While Brevard County commissioners on Tuesday approved an expanded distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines involving the county’s three major hospital systems, officials say that the issue frustrating so many people is a lack of access to the medicine, not any problems with delivery. 

Both commissioners and other county officials agree that continuing to expand Brevard’s vaccine distribution capacity won’t do any good if the county doesn’t get a larger supply of vaccine from the state — and the state doesn’t get a larger supply from the federal government.

Case in point: The Florida Department of Health-Brevard received 1,500 vaccine doses this week for distribution to those 65 and older and to front-line medical staff with direct patient contact. The appointment slots were filled within 11 minutes, with most of the people who went online seeking an appointment leaving without one.

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