Covid vaccine drive-thru starts in chaos

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department was told it would receive the vaccine the day staff were...
The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department was told it would receive the vaccine the day staff were supposed to pick it up.(Laura Bowen)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 6:45 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Mid-Ohio Valley’s first Moderna vaccine drive-thru for Wood County residents 80 and over started in chaos.

Officials said people started showing up for the drive-thru around 2 a.m. The kicker is there were only 50 doses available.

This means people were showing up as many as 11 hours early.

On top of this, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department was supposed to receive Moderna on Friday but were given the Regeneron antibody treatment instead. The mistake was corrected before the drive-thru. However, it resulted in the vaccine arriving the day before, according to the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department’s Threat Preparedness Coordinator Carrie Brainard.

On top of that, Brainard said the health department didn’t know vaccines were coming in until the day they were supposed to be receiving them. Before that, the health department was aware that those 70 and older could receive a vaccine in February and that those 80 and older may get it sooner. Still, they had no idea how much sooner.

The news also broke on a long weekend, in which no one was in the office, which Brainard said put appointments out of the question since the department didn’t want to wait.

She said that people waiting in line weren’t the only ones surprised by the sheer volume of people.

“We knew there would be a lot of people. We knew there was a lot of interest in it because we’ve been getting calls for weeks but we still were surprised at how many people showed up.”

Chief Martin estimates about 300 cars showed up for Sunday’s drive-thru.

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