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Vaccinate NEPA: Regional healthcare providers expect restock in COVID-19 vaccine

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Healthcare providers anticipate a restock in COVID-19 vaccines this week after winter weather has pounded the region, state and country and vaccine distribution has slowed down.

Allison Hess, vice president of health services at Geisinger says the medical group saw a decrease in the allotment of COVID vaccines last week. They stopped all new appointments until further notice.

Hess says around 2,000 people are vaccinated by Geisinger a day, so when disruptions happen, they cause a significant impact. Now, they are looking forward.

“We haven’t had a supply issue until this last week when we had the disruption with the weather. We are back on track to receiving supply,” Hess said.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has seen a shortage of vaccine supply not just from winter weather but a structural problem. Second doses of the Moderna vaccine were being administered as first doses, without others being allotted.

Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed both concerns in a recent interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.

“The number was… 6 million doses got delayed. We’ve gotten 2 million out and we project that by the middle of the week we will have caught up,” Fauci said.

Joseph Hollander, CEO of Scranton Primary Health Care says they vaccinate about 150 people a day, first and second doses combined.

“Late Thursday, we decided to scale back and we cut back all of our second doses,” Hollander said.

Fauci says vaccine locations should be restocked by the middle of the week.

“Shipments on Sunday night are going out for first doses, and shipments later in the week will be received for second doses. So, we’re expecting Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of this week to get more,” Hollander said.

Health care professionals say that if you have scheduled several different appointments and receive a call at one provider, make sure to cancel other appointments. This will allow others to get vaccinated quicker.

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