Hamilton County declines to make COVID-19 vaccine data public after touting 'unfiltered' information the day before

Staff photo by Wyatt Massey / Signs directing people to the vaccination site at CARTA's Bus Barn on Wilcox Boulevard are pictured on Jan. 22, 2021.

A day after Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger told county residents he wanted to provide COVID-19 vaccine information in "an unfiltered, uncensored way," the county's health department declined to provide information about the number of second doses it has or how many second dose appointments remain unfilled.

On Friday morning, the Times Free Press requested the Hamilton County Health Department provide data about the number of second dose appointment slots created, the number that were filled, the number of county residents eligible for a second shot and the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses the department was holding for those appointments.

Becky Barnes, administrator for the department, did not provide the requested data and, in an emailed response, said the department created more appointment slots to provide flexibility.

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