The Kent County Health Officer William Webb said Tuesday that the COVID-19 vaccine supply is now becoming greater than the demand, “a good thing.”
Webb said that there were only 60 appointments this week so far for 300 available first doses at the Kent County Community Center clinic in Worton. He attributed the low number of appointments to wider availability of the vaccine through mass vaccination sites like Chesapeake College and the old outlets on Kent Island located at 59 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, MD.
He said the health department is working on an eventual pivot from large vaccination sites like the community center to outreach where the health department goes mobile to businesses and organizations–and providing smaller venues for walk-in services.
Webb said the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been re-approved and could be available for appointments at the community center in Worton as early as next week.
“The FDA has re-approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for all citizens,” Webb said. “They have determined that the risks are fairly minimal for most individuals who are getting the vaccine.”
The FDA and CDC will require those receiving the vaccine to be briefed on the “very rare” incidents of blood clotting.
So far, eight million doses have been administered and 15 people have developed clotting that causes cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a form of a stroke.
Webb said the two agencies have ruled “that the benefits to the community far outweigh the risks.” He said that the health department currently has 230 doses of J&J in inventory and anticipates availability in Worton.
Monday began week 20 of Kent’s COVID-19 vaccination program and those seeking appointments have two options:
To register for a vaccination through the Kent County Health Department go here.
To register for an appointment at a mass vaccination site in the state go to the state website here.