Location is key to getting vaccine in Wake County
Wake County is allotting appointments based on a formula that includes age and ZIP codes, with priority going to the oldest people in areas where COVID-19 spread is greatest.
77 year old Bob Jennings of Holly Springs has been trying to get an appointment to get the vaccine at the Wake County Health Department. Seven hours on a computer. Jennings has COPD e don't know how to explain my frustration, but underlying health conditions are not a criteria in this phase. Pre existing conditions should be a factor that they should consider. The vaccine priorities are healthcare workers, nursing home staff and residents, and then people 65 up for this group. The county is looking at ZIP codes where they live, the higher the positive test rates there. The higher you are on the waiting list, it says. Okay, you're on the list. What list is that? Currently, the top four ZIP codes with the highest percentage of people testing positive are in Zeb, Yulin, Willow, Spring Wendell and Night Dale. So I am totally supportive of them prioritizing giving those individuals the vaccine before they necessarily try to reach into other ZIP codes. If if you have to make a choice, wait. County representative Cynthia Ball understands everyone's frustration. But she says the health department is on Lee getting a small percentage of the doses 74% is going to area hospitals. She says Wake County needs Mawr vaccine. We're gonna have to have a whole lot more capacity. Ball, who is 67 recommends shopping around for your dose. She's currently on to waiting lists. And so I'm gonna be like everybody else trying to get registered. Attn. Whatever ones will take me.