On Tuesday, Camden County released a public announcement via Facebook announcing they had temporarily run out of the new Shingles vaccine due to a nationwide manufacturing delay.

On Tuesday, Camden County released a public announcement via Facebook announcing they had temporarily run out of the new Shingles vaccine due to a nationwide manufacturing delay.

Bee Dampier, Camden County Health Department Administrator, says that it shouldn’t be long until the vaccination is restocked. With the changes the CDC has made to the administration of the vaccine, she says they now have to give a booster as well as an initial vaccine shot to fully treat the patient. With this doubling of dosage, she says they simply weren’t stocked enough to make up for the change.

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. The Shingles vaccine is said to reduce the risk of shingles by up to 90%. An estimated third of people will develop Shingles in their lifetime.

Dampier says it’s hard to gauge a definite number, though the Healthy Department has given 40 doses since May and had run low by the end of June. Now, they have ordered 60 more doses for future needs, which are currently placed on backorder. With a nationwide need for more vaccine doses, she says it is making the process slower to obtain new shipments.

Dampier says the demand for the vaccine has been high and they are making sure that the department is more readily stocked for the CDC changed dosage with the goal of not running into another shortage.

She says that if any community members needs to get this vaccine, they should reach out to other pharmacies in the area. Otherwise, she says to wait until they have restocked. The first shipment could be ready within the next week, though the tentative date on full delivery is by August.

“Hopefully, we will see some shipments come in within the next few days,” Dampier said. “We have the needed supply ordered, but just haven’t received it.”