There have been a lot of very upset people in Guilford County over the way the State of North Carolina recently cancelled delivery of a large number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that were scheduled for Guilford County.
One of the most perturbed people – to say the least – is Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad, who’s now officially demanding a load of answers from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.
Conrad has filed a public records request with the governor’s office to get to the bottom of what he sees as highly unfair and ill-conceived changes to the state’s vaccination allocation program. Conrad was disturbed that Guilford County would not get its scheduled doses – while, at the same time, Mecklenburg County was getting extra doses for large scale vaccination events.
“It is with great disappointment that I must make a formal public records request,” Conrad wrote in his records request to the governor.
He added that he was forced to do so “due to the ongoing lack of transparency in the systematic and equitable roll out of vaccine dosages to our communities.”
His questions are clearly designed to shed light on how these controversial decisions were made. In his request, he asked for the following:
“Any and all public records regarding allocations and mass vaccination planning for the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Panther Stadium including but not limited to emails sent/received/deleted between employees of DHHS and Mecklenburg County Health Department, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority d/b/a Atrium Health Pineville, The Charlotte – Mecklenburg Hospital Authority d/b/a Carolinas Medical Center/Center for Mental Health, and The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority d/b/a Atrium Health University Center, and Governor Roy Cooper.”
“Any and all public records including but not limited to phone logs, texts and emails sent/received/deleted between Dr. Mandy Cohen and Governor Roy Cooper to or from David Tepper, Darius Adamczyk, Dr. Scott Rissmiller, or Greg Walter in regards vaccine distribution at Panther Stadium and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
“Any and all public records including but not limited to phone logs, texts and emails sent/received/deleted between members of Dr. Mandy Cohen’s Office and Governor Roy Cooper’s Office to or from David Tepper, Greg Walter, Darius Adamczyk, or Dr. Scott Rissmiller in regards vaccine distribution at Panther Stadium and the Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
“Any and all records including but not limited to emails between representatives of Charlotte Motor Speedway and Panther Stadium sent to members of the Governor’s administration, Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, and Members of NCDHHS.”
Conrad also informed the governor’s office that, as soon as available, he wanted to see statistical data regarding the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Carolina Panther Stadium mass vaccination clinics for the dates of Thursday, Jan. 21 through Monday Jan. 25, “in regards of percentage of minorities receiving dosages compared to non-minorities at these two events.”
Conrad said on Monday, Jan. 25, that he has been extremely disappointed with the confusing and seemingly very unfair decisions from the state with its vaccination distribution practices.