AKRON, Ohio (WJW)– Throughout the nation and Ohio, eligible individuals are turning into more and more annoyed as they attempt to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The demand is so overwhelming that one Northeast Ohio county well being division is resorting to a lottery system to schedule vaccine appointments.
“We’ve got a listing of about 110,000 of us that we’re going to simply randomly, use a random quantity generator and discover, and simply ship an electronic mail out,” mentioned Summit County Well being Commissioner Donna Skoda.
Skoda mentioned beginning March 1, anybody registered and eligible to obtain a COVID vaccine via the well being division may have their appointment scheduled by a brand new lottery system. Till now, the county’s system would open up at midday each Tuesday for folks to name or log on to set a date to obtain their shot.
“We’d launch our few slots that we had… Possibly three, 4, or 500 appointments after which we’d have 13,000 telephone calls and net contacts hit the system and crash it,” she mentioned.
Skoda mentioned the system was so overwhelmed that some folks would present up, pondering that they had scheduled an appointment, once they had not. She mentioned the swap to a lottery scheduling system is not going to delay when somebody can get their vaccine, however make the method extra environment friendly.
“It’s a much less chaotic approach of dealing with it, in order that we don’t have all these folks hitting the system without delay… As a result of what would occur is, folks would simply preserve calling and calling and dialing and dialing and dialing. And I don’t blame them, they need the vaccine, nevertheless it’s simply the sheer numbers,” mentioned the well being commissioner.
Skoda mentioned the general public can register on the health department website at any time and every week the lottery will randomly select eligible folks from the record. The quantity will rely on what number of doses can be found.
“We even bought somewhat extra this week than we had been anticipating, so we’re hopeful… The governor’s workplace informed us there’s an excellent likelihood that we’ll see extra vaccine beginning to circulation to Ohio,” she mentioned.
Summit County well being officers mentioned they’re inspired that so many residents need the COVID vaccine. Up to now, about 12 % of the county has obtained it.
“We’re very hopeful that with extra vaccine, a lottery system gained’t be vital,” she mentioned.
The lottery scheduling system is just for folks getting vaccinated via Summit County Public Well being one among a number of dozens of vaccine suppliers. Anybody who’s already registered on their web site doesn’t have to re-register.
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