Keith Reed, the state’s deputy commissioner of health, said they are working around the clock to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
“We have received the anticipated 174,900 doses that we expected we would receive by the end of the month. The last 52,000 of that came within the last few days,” Reed said.
As of now, Reed estimates over 60,000 people have already been vaccinated through the state.
Going into next week, the OSDH is expecting more vaccines to arrive in addition to the second dose of shipments for booster shots.
“So far, that amount is looking like it is 46,000 -- not as high as I would like, but we’re going to keep an eye on it,” Reed said.
PODS, or points of dispensing sites, are what the department is hoping will allow them to gain their rhythm moving forward and move through phases with ease.
“We are going to start looking over the next week or so to look what we can do with the 65 and older populations,” Reed said.
Reed is hopeful more vaccines will get emergency use authorization in the new year.
Reed is asking the public to be patient waiting on an answer as to when the vaccine will be widely available, as more pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
“We know it is frustrating,” Reed said. “We know people want to know, trust me. We want to tell them, but we have to maintain a flexible system and we have to make a lot of adjustments as we go.”