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Lake County health officials say vaccine supply not enough to meet demand of eligible age groups

Lake County General Health District
Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 12:13:32-05

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) says because of the limited vaccine supply, it will take “many weeks” to reach everyone in Phase 1B who is eligible and wants to be vaccinated.

“Lake County continues to provide vaccines to the 1B group, which numbers more than 60,000 individuals, and is asking for patience from the general public as supplies continue to be limited," the district said.

The LCGHD said vaccines coming into the county remain low, with many vaccine providers only receiving 100- 200 doses each week.

The health department is asking for patience from the public as supplies are limited. Right now, the LCGHD is working with Lake County EMA, Lake Health and local fire departments to administer the vaccine to residents.

So far, 100% of the 1B COVID-19 vaccine received by LCGHD and Lake Health have been administered or scheduled to be administered, the district said.

On Monday, the COVID-19 vaccine became available to residents 70 years of age and over, as well as anyone with severe congenital, development or early-onset medical disorder.

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the approximate number of residents 65 years of age and older in Lake County is 47,472.

“While Lake County has been assured by state and federal partners that it will eventually receive enough vaccine to vaccinate all eligible individuals who desire a COVID-19 vaccine, the current supply of vaccine being allocated weekly to Lake County is not enough to meet the demand. Lake County General Health District, Lake Health, and Lake County Emergency Management Agency appreciate the patience of eligible individuals that are awaiting their vaccination,” the district said in a statement.

Anyone who meets the age eligibility can go to the LCGHD website or call 440-350-2188 to be placed on a list to be contacted for scheduling when a vaccine becomes available.

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