Kate Meehan, 90, of Chestertown receives her first COVID-19 shot at the Kent County Health Department from Brook Schumann, R.N. The Kent County Health Department vaccinated approximately 200 people on Friday, February 5. Photo by Steve Meehan.

As of Monday, Feb. 8, nearly 15 percent of Kent’s population has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; a little over 3 percent has received the second dose, said Kent County Health Officer William Webb in an interview. 

Last week, during Week-8 of Kent’s vaccination program, 534 first-doses and 184 second-doses were administered in Kent.

Webb said Kent is tied for first in the state with Talbot County for per capita delivery of first-doses and ranks eighth in delivery of second doses. A little over 3 percent of Kent’s population has received the second dose.

Second-doses started arriving in Kent in Week-6.

Monday, Feb. 8 is the start of Week-9 of the vaccination program and the state will provide 300 first-doses and 100 second-doses, which will be allocated for appointments beginning Feb. 15 in Week-10.

The 100 second-doses received by the health department this week match the 100 first-doses received in Week-6 — and reflect the four-week time frame required between shots to complete the immunization process.

“The doses we receive every week are scheduled for appointments the following week,” Webb said in an interview Monday.

Kent County Health Department Graph, Modified by Kent Pilot

This health department has scheduled 1,082 vaccines for this week, which includes 300 vaccinations that were postponed Monday, Feb. 1, due to snow.

Webb said he understood that people are anxious to get vaccinated but said the supply dictates the rate of vaccinations.

“We are simply in short supply right now,” he said.

He said shots given so far and doses allocated for future appointments account for 98 percent of the doses the county has received from the state.