The hospital said it would receive 4,000 doses and distribute them to those at high risk whose appointments were canceled due to lack of supplies.
UTMB Health announced on Monday, January 11, that they would have to cancel 6,000 first dose appointments. The hospital said that people with appointments for the second dose are still scheduled to receive them.
“We want to make sure that the people we’ve already promised (to) the vaccine, that they get the vaccine,” Dr. Philip Keizer stated with UTMB Galveston and Galveston County Health Authority.
According to officials, UTMB Health ran out of the vaccine for the first dose until Wednesday 13 January, and did not receive another shipment at the beginning of the week.
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The 4,000-vaccine shipments received by the hospital this week were allotted to them before being designated as hubs.
“We’ve been asked to be able to vaccinate 2,000 people per day, and I think we’re at that capacity right now.” “Now the dose we’re going to get this week, we’ll probably go through those in three or four days. The other thing is that we’re expected to be able to vaccinate up to 5,000 people. Per site, per day, and It is going to take some time to achieve that potential, but we think we can do it. “
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Dr. Keizer said hubs could potentially pull resources from other areas, meaning rural communities could be impacted. But eventually, hubs will be located in other areas to increase access in the state and our communities.
He also said that another factor that could help speed up the vaccine rollout is the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, which, if approved, would be the third vaccine in circulation, possibly in mid-February. till.
For now, the hospital will directly reach those who canceled their first dose appointment last week.
“While we do not currently supply vaccines to begin mass vaccination efforts, we are working to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients and our community when supplies are available,” in a statement said.
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