Mecklenburg County held a mass vaccination event last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway that vaccinated an estimated 16,000 people.
The mass vaccination event planned for this weekend at Bank of America Stadium is expected to vaccinate 20,000 people.
Durham is planning a mass vaccination event to vaccinate 17,000 people a week.
Chair of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston reportedly spent all weekend on the phone tracking down and getting 400 doses of the vaccine for Guilford County, so the county would not have cancel appointments that had already been made.
However, people in Greensboro were not so lucky if they had an appointment through Cone Health, which had to cancel 10,400 appointments because Cone Health didn’t receive any vaccines this week.
To recap, that is 36,000 vaccines for Charlotte and 400 for Greensboro.
There is something terribly wrong with this picture, if you happen to live in Guilford County.
Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area already get most of the new jobs coming to the state, and now it appears the goal of the state is to vaccinate everyone in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County and the Raleigh-Durham area before moving on to areas like Greensboro/Guilford County.
At a press conference on Monday, Jan. 25, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Alston didn’t or wouldn’t explain why vaccines slated for Greensboro were instead sent to Charlotte. Nor could they explain why Durham, not Greensboro, was next in line for a mass vaccination event.
Both Vaughan and Alston talked about how the Greensboro Coliseum Complex was an ideal location for a mass vaccination event, but there is a huge disconnect. It doesn’t matter how ideally located the Greensboro Coliseum is for a mass vaccination event, if Guilford County is unable to get any vaccines or, to be fair, if the largest number of vaccines Guilford County is able to get after begging and pleading for days is 400, it cannot have a mass vaccination event.
Former Guilford County Commissioner and former City Councilmember Mike Barber described the mass vaccination event in Charlotte as a “publicity stunt” and that is a much better explanation than either Alston or Vaughan gave at the press conference.