Citing the “severely reduced” allocation of the dose, Innova says it has suspended those first shots “for the foreseeable future”.
North Virgin who were hoping to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Innova hospital or clinic soon will have to wait longer.
In a statement on Monday, Innova announced that it suspended the initial dose “for the foreseeable future” on Tuesday.
Innova noted that Virginia health officials have made changes, which means the dose will now be sent directly to health districts. The allocation of the “severely reduced” Innova vaccine, he said.
“When we receive more supply inventory, we will prioritize patients whose appointments were scheduled and then focus on opening further appointments to eligible groups,” the statement said. Those who have received the first dose and are scheduled for one second will also be given priority.
But all this will take time: For now, the general government is receiving only 105,000 doses a week from the federal government.
And the chairman of the Fairfax County Board, Jeff McKay, explained in his own statement on Monday that it is not the cause of the shortage locally. This is also due to the “per capita, as per”, distribution due to the Virginia change [counties and hospitals] have ordered.”
The county, McKay said, will work to help Innova honor its commitments to those who already had appointments.
“We will also continue to work through our registration queue and offer appointments in the order of registration of people,” he said.
Virginia is currently in Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. That group consists of K-12 teachers. And after learning that employees at Fairfax County Public Schools would have to wait longer for a shot from Innova, a teachers union called on the district to adjust plans to bring students back to classrooms.
“We urge Fairfax County Public Schools to make changes to the school timeline given the unfortunate change in current health metrics and vaccine availability for school staff,” said Fairfax County Federation of Teachers chair Tina Williams.
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