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20,000 have gotten shots, 18,000 on wait list

Almost 20,000 Henderson County residents have received a Covid-19 vaccination, including 6,154 who have received a second dose.

Pardee UNC Health reported Monday that it had reached a milestone of 10,000 shots on Saturday, making it the largest provider of vaccines in the county. Also giving shots are the Henderson County Health Department, Blue Ridge Health and AdventHealth. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services tracks the number of Henderson County residents vaccinated overall regardless of where they got the shot. As of Monday, 19,961 county residents had received shots.

To date, 17,790 people have registered on the Health Department’s vaccine waitlist, a number that dwarfs the trickle of shots the county is getting. The health department received 300 doses last week.

"While there are Group 1 individuals on the waitlist, the overwhelming majority are adults 65 and older in Group 2," Public Health spokesman Andrew Mundhenk said. "By the end of this week, we anticipate we will reach those who have ID numbers up to 2,000 on our list. This includes individuals that will be called this week, already have been vaccinated by the Health Department in weeks prior or have indicated to us they were able to receive a vaccination elsewhere."