In December 2020 I wrote a letter to the editor of this newspaper about my frustrations getting my 95-year-old parents, who live independently in Loudoun County, on the list to be vaccinated. After much persistence on my part, I was able to get them scheduled for their first shot of the Moderna vaccine. Since the entire process was based on the expectation that everyone has access to the internet and/or smartphones, they would have never been able to do this on their own. On Jan. 20, I took my parents to the original vaccination site in a warehouse on Relocation Drive. The facility had no heat and at most a dozen parking spaces. Once inside the building, however, the process was run very efficiently and everyone there was extremely pleasant.
Earlier this week I took my parents back for their second dose of the Moderna vaccine in the old Nordstrom store at the Dulles Town Center. I would like to give a big shout out to the Loudoun County Health Department and a huge thank you to all the people working and volunteering there. It is amazing what progress has been made in four weeks! I was expecting to have to call several times to schedule their second appointment, so was pleasantly surprised when someone called me around two weeks ago. The new location is amazing. There is plenty of parking and must have several dozen people staffing the site. The lovely woman from Fire Station No. 9 in Brambleton who administered my parents’ vaccinations told me that there are plans to expand to the second floor.
I was told that they were able to administer 700 vaccines per day at the Relocation Drive location. Today I was told that they are able to vaccinate 1,500-1,700 people per day. That is amazing progress and is due to the great work by the Health Department and all the people who are working tirelessly to get the residents of Loudoun County vaccinated.