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Pender County officials to meet with Public Health about COVID-19 distribution

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Updated: Feb. 2, 2021 at 10:21 PM EST
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PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Pender County ranks 98th out of 100 counties in total number of vaccines per capita received since mid-December.

One Pender County commissioner is asking questions about how the state is distributing COVID-19 vaccines to counties.

Chairman George Brown sent a letter to Dr. Amanda Fuller Moore with the State Division of Public Health on behalf of all the commissioners, asking why Pender County has received so few doses compared with other counties the same size.

The county has received one vaccine for every 19 people that lives in the county; that is half the amount received by others of similar size.

“When you see numbers 7.9 to 1 or 8.5 to 1 we were looking at nine or 10 other counties with very similar size as far as population is concerned,” said Brown. “And this is how you have to look at it...doses per number of individuals [in the] population. Then we looked at ours and it said 19.1 to 1. That’s a lot of difference.”

Browns says that Pender County has more than 3000 people on a waiting list to get the vaccine. According to the Public Health’s website received just 700 doses for the week of February 1.

“They’re doing this in a very efficient manner. People [are] able to come in and get out rather quickly,” said Brown. “They have a good experience. We have the time and the ability to serve a lot more people than what we are serving. If we have the doses, we could make it happen.”

Brown understands that there is a limited number of doses for the entire state but wants to make sure that Pender County is treated on par with every other county. “We have a responsibility to our constituents, to our voters, to our residents of our county,” Brown says. “Stand up for us; we want to be treated fairly. And that’s all they’re asking for and that’s all we want...to be treated fairly.”

The state has set up a meeting with the county on Friday to talk about the counties concerns.

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