Petersburg seniors frustrated over COVID-19 Vaccine rollout

"They need to be a little more organized."
Posted at 5:47 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 17:55:53-05

PETERSBURG, Va. -- For Petersburg residents Richard and Candy Taylor, trying to get information on where to get the COVID-19 Vaccine has proved impossible.

"They need to be a little more organized and they need to publicize the fact that it's available," said Candy.

Like many Seniors, the Taylors were waiting patiently for the vaccine to become available but when searching online for the Crater Health District, Candy became concerned.

"Nothing was open. It was closed, closed, closed. Petersburg was closed, Prince George, Dinwiddie County was closed," said Candy. "So then I extended the radius to 50 miles and all of Henrico and all of Richmond City was open,"

Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham agrees, things could be much better.

"We're getting a tremendous amount of calls from our seniors here who are really nervous about the COVID-19 and haven't heard anything about vaccinations," said Parham.

Parham believes Petersburg should rank high on the list for getting vaccines.

"The City of Petersburg you know, we rank 132 out of 132 in the Commonwealth of Virginia as far as with health and we are really concerned of the resources we need to get our citizens vaccinated," he said.

CBS 6 reached out to the Crater Health District for a comment, but were told no one was available.

Mayor Parham says the city has reached out to the Crater Health District as well.

"I've reached out to them to let them know we're willing to do what every it takes, whether it's in facilities, whether it's in lending extra personnel, all our resources are on the table," Parham added.

Petersburg City leaders are meeting with Crater Health District representatives Tuesday afternoon, to discuss vaccinations for the City.