This weekend Guilford County, for whatever reason, got shorted over 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
At a press conference on Monday, Jan. 25, neither Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston nor Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan had a good explanation as to why the vaccines were not delivered as expected. The result was that over 10,000 appointments had to be cancelled.
The fact is that Charlotte had a mass vaccination event and needed thousands of doses, and the implication is that is where the vaccines for Guilford County went.
Guilford County Commissioner James Upchurch in an “Open Letter to the Community” stated, “In this week’s case, it appears that the bulk of the state’s dosages were re-routed to Mecklenburg County.”
However, the underlying reason that Greensboro and Guilford County got shorted on vaccines might be found at the Tuesday, Jan. 19 Greensboro City Council meeting.
During a discussion of the nondiscrimination ordinance, the City Council spent quite a bit of time discussing how much the state government picked on Greensboro.
The gist of the discussion was that other cities might be able to get away with enforcing their nondiscrimination ordinances with fines, but Greensboro was treated differently by the state.
Councilmember Michelle Kennedy said, “The city of Greensboro has been a direct target on issues like this.”
She also said, “We all know what happens at the state level when we move items that they don’t like.”
Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “We all know how Greensboro is looked at in the legislature and the things we haven’t gotten over the years.”
Councilmember Sharon Hightower said, “We are the redheaded stepchild.”
City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson said, “We have been a target of the legislature.”
So the City Council had that discussion about how poorly Greensboro is treated by the state government in Raleigh on Tuesday and then, a few days later, discovers that Cone Health in Greensboro is being shorted over 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, apparently because Charlotte needed them.
Perhaps it was just an odd coincidence or perhaps it was just more proof that the City Council was right when it was talking about the state government’s attitude toward Greensboro.