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Opinion/Letter: State, district failed to plan adequately for vaccines

Opinion/Letter: State, district failed to plan adequately for vaccines

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State, district failed to plan for vaccines

It is little wonder some people have sought vaccines outside the Blue Ridge Health District. Most of us take our health seriously, and it would be derelict of us to wait upon the district and commonwealth, given their demonstrated inability to plan and execute for administering COVID vaccines.

Since March 2020, we knew vaccines were coming. We did not know when exactly or even how many. But come they would. There was more than ample time to determine the distribution of people, identify and establish sites for administration, train more people to administer, and develop and test the systems to assure they would work in getting people signed up and in queue.

Meanwhile, industry managed to develop and clinically test new vaccines; scale up and build additional production capacity; develop and execute distribution chains involving air transport and refrigeration, and distribute vaccines widely in rather remarkable time and fashion nationwide. That side of the process is by far more complex and demanding than what the commonwealth of Virginia and the BRHD needed to do.

The reason many went to Danville or even out of state to be vaccinated is because there were companies and organizations willing to follow the guidelines and also capable of delivering results, something that seems otherwise elusive in the public health sector in this instance.

There is no doubt in my mind that ineptitude of the rollout and the lack of planning, when there was more than ample time, has harmed many individuals in the BRH and Virginia unnecessarily and is inexcusable.

Paul H. Sartori

Albemarle County

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