Sunday sampler, no vaccine edition

Full disclosure: My wife and I were two of the 11,000 people whose vaccine appointments were cancelled because Cone Health didn’t get the vaccines it said the state pledged. A reporter with N.C. Health News asked who I blamed: I said Trump for his administration’s ineptitude for the past year; the state for mixing its messages to local health providers. Fortunately, some of the state’s front pages covered this outrageous mess. Honestly, it’s confusing as officials point fingers, math doesn’t add up and opacity takes the place of transparency.

Greensboro: The News & Record has a pair of stories about the screwup in the state’s vaccination plan. “State officials said Saturday they’re in the difficult position of balancing broad distribution with an urgent need to clear their shelves of vaccine or face the threat that the federal government won’t supply more doses. Cone Health CEO Terry Akin said Saturday night that he still doesn’t have a “cogent” explanation for why the state canceled the health care system’s allocation, especially in light of the Charlotte event.”

High Point: The Enterprise has what I assume is a similar story. I can’t read it because of its paywall.

Hickory: “We’ve had a mass vaccination plan in place for 15 to 20 years, which we exercise, but if you don’t have the vaccine to give people, it doesn’t work the way it should,” she said. “Has it made people lose trust in us and has it made people mad at us? Yes, and I’m sorry.”

Morganton: “We apologize for the long holds, the dropped calls, and, at times, not being able to speak to a live person,” said Kathy Bailey, president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. “And we’ve all experienced this kind of frustration, but not with something as important as a life-saving vaccination.”

Charlotte and Raleigh both have stories about the efforts to get vaccinated from people who wrote in. tl;dr version: It’s a mess.