Sanford, N.C. — Demand for coronavirus vaccine overwhelmed phone lines in Lee County Monday morning after the county began accepting registrations from people with health conditions that put them at higher risk from the virus.
Lee County is the first area county to begin allowing people in Group 4 of the state’s vaccine priority list to register for vaccinations.
By about 10 a.m., the county IT staff had to shut down the vaccine call center and establish a new number. Less then three hours later, county officials suspended registrations altogether because of limited vaccine supply.
“The Health Department has vaccine supply available to complete all currently scheduled vaccine clinics. New registrations will not be accepted until additional vaccines have been secured,” officials said in a news release.
Other counties across central North Carolina, including Wake County, are vaccinating Groups 1-3, and state officials have said people in Group 4 will be eligible for vaccination on March 24.
Once they’re registered, people will be assigned a vaccine appointment based on availability. People in Group 4 will get their vaccines as early as March 17, officials said, but it could take several days before a registered person gets a call from the county to set up their appointment.
People don’t have to get vaccinated in the same county they live in, according to the state.