State health officials say it will take some time for completion of the second tier of Phase One COVID vaccinations to be completed.
Department of Health and Human Services Incident Commander Angie Ling says the state has seen a slight uptick in the number of initial vaccine dosages arriving in the state, with weekly totals of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now coming in at 11,700 and 11,800, respectively.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Ling says 15 public health districts have moved into Phase 1B, with two more expected to do so next week, and the Lancaster and Douglas County districts should do so sometime in February.
“With our current allocations of approximately 94,000 a month, we calculate the 1B population to be about 500,000 people. Using 75 percent uptake for a planning factor, it would take approximately four months to get through Phase 1B,” said Ling. “Of course, we hope that greater than 75 percent will receive the vaccine, but this is what we’re using for planning.”
So far, some 219,000 vaccine doses have to distributed to the state, which includes about 89,000 allocated directly for distribution through the federal government’s pharmacy program.
Ling says officials are hopeful allocations will increase in the future, with word that Pfizer and Moderna are working to ramp up production, and there’s one other vaccine on the horizon but it’s still going through the approval and authorization process.
A new statewide vaccination signup system is in the works, and Ling says details of that effort and how it will mesh with registrations taking place through local public health districts are expected to be released next week.