The leadership of Greensboro and Guilford County don’t seem to be sure why Guilford County was shorted over 11,400 vaccines this week and don’t seem overly concerned about it.
But a lot of people in Guilford County are concerned and upset about Guilford County once again getting the shaft from the state.
Former Greensboro City Councilmember and former Chair of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Mike Barber is incensed that, as he said, “The state risked the lives of 11,000 people in Guilford County so it could save the lives of 11,000 in Mecklenburg County for the publicity stunt of a mass vaccination event.”
He said, “It points to the level of respect our community has in Raleigh and it’s also a slap in the face for Cone Health.”
All the vaccines headed for Cone Health were redirected to Mecklenburg County, along with some for the Guilford County Health Department.
Barber said, “The only reason to do this is political. What happened is inexcusable.”
He added, “This was a decision made at the highest levels of our state and everybody in the Greater Greensboro community should see this and realize what kind of stature we have when they are making decisions like this about us in Raleigh. Over the past four or five years, the leaders of this community have done everything they could to alienate the state legislature and the executive branch in Raleigh and our citizens are going to suffer and some may die because of that.”
Barber said, “Thank goodness for Commissioner Justin Conrad. It appears he is the only one standing up for our community.”
Barber said that he believed the state was going with the mass vaccination events because they received more of a publicity splash. He said he was sure the press releases were already written about how many people they vaccinated in Charlotte before they knew where they would get so many doses of the vaccine.
As it turned out they got the vaccine from Guilford County.
Simply rescheduling over 11,000 appointments is a massive task and although it has been reported in the media that people with appointments for their second vaccine were not affected, that is not true. What is apparently true is those who were scheduled for their second shot got rescheduled first, but they still had to be rescheduled.
Finally, Barber said, “Someone should have to explain why 11,000 people in Mecklenburg County are more valuable than the 11,000 people in our community who did not get the vaccine.”