The Columbus County Health Department said Friday morning that it would not schedule any more appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine until Feb. 1 because all the doses are spoken for. The announcement came just a day after it started accepting appointments.
“We are currently booked for the next three weeks,” the press release stated. “We are scheduling to administer as many vaccine as we will be receiving in our allotment each week.”
The health department has received a total of 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine, according to spokesperson Daniel Buck earlier this week. The department plans to start administering the vaccine to people aged 75 and older on Monday.
On Thursday, the health department posted an alert on its Facebook page asking residents trying to schedule an appointment not to panic and only to leave one voicemail. “Please be patient as we are in the process of calling everyone back that has left voicemails attempting to schedule COVID-19 vaccination attempts,” it stated.
The Columbus County Government Facebook page reiterated the message, also urging people to not show up at the health department in person.
Both Thursday and Friday, the county health department assured the public that it will be receiving more doses each week. “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 Friday press release stated.