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Piedmont Triad health care systems cancel vaccination clinics because of dose shortages – WXII12 Winston-Salem

TO THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM MORE THAN A DOZEN YEARS AGO. FIRST AT 11:00, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 NEXT WEEK WON’T BE ABLE TO GET THE SHOT. KENNY: TWO CLINICS ARE CANCELED BECAUSE THERE AREN’T ENOUGH DOSES AVAILABLE. OUR JUSTIN SHRAIR JOINS US IN WINSTON-SALEM WITH THE DETAILS. LOTS OF FRUSTRATED PEOPLE, I HAVE TO IMAGINE. JUSTIN: MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE WITH CONE HEALTH WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE THEIR APPOINTMENTS AND NOVANT HEALTH SAYS THEY’RE DISAPPOINTED BY THE NUMBER OF DOSES THEY WILL RECEIVE. >> YESTERDAY, WE WERE ALERTED BY THE STATE THAT OUR VACCINE ALLOTMENT THIS WEEK WILL BE FLAT AT 5,075 DOSES. JUSTIN: DR. DAVID PRIEST SAYS NOVANT HEALTH HAS VACCINATED THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS AND SCHEDULED 100,000 APPOINTMENTS THROUGH END OF MARCH. >> WE ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING THIS WEEK ABOUT 4% OF THE STATE’S ALLOCATION OF THE VACCINE. WE KNOW THAT OTHER HOSPITAL SYSTEMS ARE RECEIVING UP TO 27% OF THE STATE’S ALLOCATION. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE STATE IS RUNNING THIS PROCESS. JUSTIN: PRIEST SAYS THAT NUMBER IS DISAPPOINTING AND INSUFFICIENT TO SERVE PATIENTS. HE SAYS THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM HAS PROVIDED PLANS TO THE STATE ABOUT HOW THEY CAN SERVE 95,000 PATIENTS A WEEK, SHOULD THEY GET ENOUGH SUPPLY. >> WE’RE HOPEFUL WE CAN PUT THOSE PLANS INTO ACTION AND SEE HIGHER ALLOCATION NUMBERS SOON. JUSTIN: AND OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE FEELING THE SQUEEZE AS WELL. CONE HEALTH, WHICH IS RUNNING A MASS VACCINATION CLINIC AT THE COLISEUM IN GREENSBORO, SAYS THEY WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE VACCINATIONS FOR 10,400 PEOPLE AFTER THEY SAY THE STATE UNEXPECTEDLY SAID IT WILL NOT SUPPLY FIRST-DOSE VACCINES NEXT WEEK TO THEM. THEIR CEO SAYING IN PART, WE ARE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT WE ARE FORCED TO DELAY THESE ESSENTIAL VACCINATIONS. I AM VERY UNHAPPY THAT THE STATE APPEARS TO KEEP CHANGING THE RULES FOR VACCINATION ALLOCATION. AND IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS THEY HAVE CANCELED THEIR DRIVE THROUGH VACCINATION CLINIC FOR NEXT WEEK BECAUSE THE STATE IS ONLY PROVIDING THEM WITH 200 VACCINE DOSES. THEIR HEALTH DIRECTOR TREY WRIGHT CALLING IT DEVASTATING TO THEIR COMMUNIT JUSTIN: IN PART FOR NEXT WEEK THEY ONLY HAVE 120,000 DOSE ALLOCATIONS FOR THE ENTIRE STATEMENT THEY SENT US TONIGHT. JUSTIN SHRAIR, W

Piedmont Triad health care systems cancel vaccination clinics because of dose shortages

Thousands of people who thought they were going to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the upcoming week won’t be able to get the shot as soon as they had originally thought. Two vaccine clinics were canceled because there are not enough doses available, and some providers said they are disappointed by their vaccine allotment for next week. Click the video player above to learn more about the vaccine supply in North Carolina.Dr. David Priest of Novant Health said the system has vaccinated thousands of patients and scheduled 100,000 appointments through the end of March. Novant recently received word from the state that they will only be getting about 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a very small number he says when compared to other hospitals. “We are currently receiving this week about 4% of the state’s allocation of the vaccine we know that other hospital systems are receiving up to 27% of the state’s allocation so we need to understand how the state is running this process,” said Dr. David Priest, Chief Safety and Quality Officer and an infectious disease expert at Novant Health. Priest said that number is disappointing and insufficient to serve patients. He said the hospital system has provided plans to the state about how they can serve 95,000 patients a week, should they get enough supply. “So we’re hopeful we can put those plans into action and see higher allocation numbers soon,” Priest said.And other communities are feeling the squeeze as well. Cone Health, which is running a mass vaccination clinic at the Coliseum in Greensboro, said they will have to reschedule vaccinations for 10,400 people after they said the state unexpectedly told them it will not supply first-dose vaccines next week.“We are deeply disappointed that we are forced to delay these essential vaccinations…I am very unhappy that the state appears to keep changing the rules for vaccination allocation,” CEO Terry Akin said.In Rockingham County, the division of Public Health said it has canceled its drive-thru vaccination clinic for next week because the state is only providing them with 200 vaccine doses. “This notification is devastating to our community,” Health Director Trey Wright said. In response to WXII 12 News’s questions, Communications Manager with the Public Health Office of NCDHHS Sarah Lewis Peel gave the following statement:”Our local partners have been working tirelessly to ramp up and vaccinate people as quickly as possible under difficult circumstances. This week, in response to indications that the federal government might base future allocations on the supply states have on hand, our state and providers worked to rapidly administer vaccinations and exhaust North Carolina’s current supply. “First, we worked to facilitate large-scale vaccination events, including two huge events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Panthers Stadium “Second, we worked with many providers to stand up special events and push to use up every first-dose vaccine they have. “Third, we asked local providers to aggressively schedule appointments. “Our partners stepped up. Hospitals, local health departments and other vaccine providers have been working as one team – Team Vaccine – on this shared goal. For the coming vaccine week beginning 1/27 we only have a 120,000 dose allocation to administer. A large portion of those doses are committed to the large-scale events planned to address the backlog. As a result, many providers are getting small allocations or zero allocations for the week of 1/27. We know this is causing pain among providers who did an incredible job working to vaccinate residents quickly. “As long as we are getting such a small amount of vaccine as a state, there are going to be challenges and shortages as we try to ensure equitable access to vaccine, while getting shots into arms quickly. We understand this is hard for providers who are doing everything right.”We will make every effort to bring additional supplies into the state and appreciate the effort of providers to exhaust each week’s shipment quickly until supplies increase.”

Thousands of people who thought they were going to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the upcoming week won’t be able to get the shot as soon as they had originally thought.

Two vaccine clinics were canceled because there are not enough doses available, and some providers said they are disappointed by their vaccine allotment for next week.

Click the video player above to learn more about the vaccine supply in North Carolina.

Dr. David Priest of Novant Health said the system has vaccinated thousands of patients and scheduled 100,000 appointments through the end of March.

Novant recently received word from the state that they will only be getting about 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a very small number he says when compared to other hospitals.

“We are currently receiving this week about 4% of the state’s allocation of the vaccine we know that other hospital systems are receiving up to 27% of the state’s allocation so we need to understand how the state is running this process,” said Dr. David Priest, Chief Safety and Quality Officer and an infectious disease expert at Novant Health.

Priest said that number is disappointing and insufficient to serve patients. He said the hospital system has provided plans to the state about how they can serve 95,000 patients a week, should they get enough supply.

“So we’re hopeful we can put those plans into action and see higher allocation numbers soon,” Priest said.

And other communities are feeling the squeeze as well.

Cone Health, which is running a mass vaccination clinic at the Coliseum in Greensboro, said they will have to reschedule vaccinations for 10,400 people after they said the state unexpectedly told them it will not supply first-dose vaccines next week.

“We are deeply disappointed that we are forced to delay these essential vaccinations…I am very unhappy that the state appears to keep changing the rules for vaccination allocation,” CEO Terry Akin said.

In Rockingham County, the division of Public Health said it has canceled its drive-thru vaccination clinic for next week because the state is only providing them with 200 vaccine doses.

“This notification is devastating to our community,” Health Director Trey Wright said.

In response to WXII 12 News’s questions, Communications Manager with the Public Health Office of NCDHHS Sarah Lewis Peel gave the following statement:

“Our local partners have been working tirelessly to ramp up and vaccinate people as quickly as possible under difficult circumstances. This week, in response to indications that the federal government might base future allocations on the supply states have on hand, our state and providers worked to rapidly administer vaccinations and exhaust North Carolina’s current supply.

“First, we worked to facilitate large-scale vaccination events, including two huge events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Panthers Stadium

“Second, we worked with many providers to stand up special events and push to use up every first-dose vaccine they have.

“Third, we asked local providers to aggressively schedule appointments.

“Our partners stepped up. Hospitals, local health departments and other vaccine providers have been working as one team – Team Vaccine – on this shared goal. For the coming vaccine week beginning 1/27 we only have a 120,000 dose allocation to administer. A large portion of those doses are committed to the large-scale events planned to address the backlog. As a result, many providers are getting small allocations or zero allocations for the week of 1/27. We know this is causing pain among providers who did an incredible job working to vaccinate residents quickly.

“As long as we are getting such a small amount of vaccine as a state, there are going to be challenges and shortages as we try to ensure equitable access to vaccine, while getting shots into arms quickly. We understand this is hard for providers who are doing everything right.

“We will make every effort to bring additional supplies into the state and appreciate the effort of providers to exhaust each week’s shipment quickly until supplies increase.”

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