Long wait list for COVID vaccines

St. Clair County health department officials, like other neighboring departments, are having to work with what they receive in the way of COVID-19 vaccines.

The problem is, St. Clair County, with a higher population that many counties in the Thumb Region, is not receiving enough doses to handle the early phases of vaccinations.

The health department is currently not accepting appointments for the shot, due to low supply of the vaccine.

However, other nearby counties, including Sanilac County, have been able to vaccinate healthcare workers, first responders and in the latest phase, those associated with education including teachers, school board members and their family members, as well as those 65 and older.

State officials claim the federal government has been slow to distribute sufficient vaccines and are holding them at storage facilities.

When health departments are able to open up for additional appointments, the schedule fills quickly, causing further delays.