DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton County Public Health was not allocated COVID-19 vaccine in this week’s shipment from the state, officials with DCPH said.

Seven providers in the county did receive shipments, but not the health department’s locations.

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It’s not clear when any future shipments might be delivered.

“The problem is, of course, there’s almost no volume,” said DCPH Director Matt Richardson. “There’s almost no vaccine availability in Denton County, in the Metroplex, in Texas, and in the U.S.”

DCPH has already given out the 1,100 doses it received from the state.

“The county health department is really caught in the middle between the public who wants the vaccine and the state who is doing the best they can with their limited supply to get those to the local providers,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads.

At the Denton County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5, commissioners discussed a new vaccine registration system.

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The system would include waiting lists to smooth out the registration process.

Denton County leaders said that could take up to a month to implement.

Commissioners also voted to send a letter to the state asking for the county to be considered for a larger role in the vaccination process.

“We believe that to mass vaccination clinics would be very effective across Denton County, and we have the capacity to execute that in a timely manner. All we’re waiting on is the vaccine,” said Judge Eads.

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