Kent County Health Officer William Webb. Kent Pilot file photo

The Kent County Health Department had its best week since the COVID-19 vaccination program began in Kent two months ago — administering 1,049 vaccines during Week9 of the program that began Feb. 8.

Feb. 15 begins Week10 and Maryland Department of Health has delivered 600 doses to Kent County; 300 are marked for first doses and 300 are marked for second doses.

Kent Health Officer William Webb said the health department did not schedule vaccines for Monday Feb. 15 because of the Presidents Day holiday; he anticipates delivering 700 injections in the short week.

Kent County leads the state in delivering first doses;  20 percent of the county’s population has received a first dose so far.

“Kent is somewhere in the middle of the pack for second doses with a little over 4 percent of population  completing the two-shot immunization process.”  Webb said. “We’re a little bit better than the state average.”

Webb said getting second doses administered is a little more challenging lately due to technical problems with the appointment system.

“We’ve had a number of technical problems with the appointment system that is making it harder to get people back for their second dose in a timely manner, “Webb said. “The vaccination process is not complete until you receive that second dose and that dose is time sensitive, we have to get in the arms of people in that four to six-week window from the first shot because that’s what is needed to complete the immunization series.”

There are 509 appointments scheduled so far for vaccines in Week10 and 170 are for carved out for second doses; 339 are scheduled for first doses.