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Governor addresses Virginia's vaccine problem: 'We're getting this fixed'

Posted at 1:41 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 15:15:45-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam addressed issues Virginia has experienced while trying to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed statewide.

Virginians from around the region have complained to the CBS 6 Problem Solvers about struggles they encountered attempting to sign-up for a vaccine waitlist in their local health departments.

At the state level, Virginia is no longer last in terms of percentage of shots administered, according to Bloomberg's tracker on that statistic across the United States,

Virginia however is still in the bottom 10, as of yesterday, with 50.7-percent administered.

The national average is over 55-percent.

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors sent a letter to the Governor yesterday complaining about that and other issues asking for help addressing both of those issues.

The Governor's office said there are a few factors behind that percentage administered number -- including data entry issues and some of Virginia's doses being in the hands of the federal program to vaccinate long-term care facilities.

They add Virginia is nearing its goal of 25,000 shots per day, but said there was additional work to be done.