COVID-19 vaccinations set for today will be rescheduled, Meadville Medical Center officials said, because doses from Pfizer have not arrived due to weather conditions.
The hospital said it was made aware by Pfizer on Wednesday afternoon that the shipment of vaccine doses has been delayed. Additional information about how long these delays would last was not provided, hospital officials said.
If additional doses are not received by Friday, vaccinations scheduled for Saturday also will be rescheduled.
The two sessions both were scheduled in advance for St. Mary of Grace's social hall in Meadville. Registration for both has closed.
“MMC has committed significant resources to distributing the vaccine as quickly as possible; however, with a limited number of doses and an uncertain timeline for when they will arrive, it makes scheduling and coordinating these (points of distributions) to be incredibly challenging. We are tremendously disappointed in the delay and for those individuals that had to be rescheduled,” said Don Rhoten, vice president of consumer engagement.
Wednesday's announced delay affects 800 people and the potential rescheduling of Saturday's vaccinations would affect another 1,100, hospital officials said. All individuals who were scheduled are being contacted in order to make them aware of these changes and anyone receiving their second dose will still fall within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines of 42 days after the first dose.
Since December, Meadville Medical Center has administered 14,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who have received the vaccine were eligible under the current version of Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Interim Vaccine Distribution Plan at the time of planning for vaccinations. Individuals have been identified by their place of employment, a referral from a primary care physician or by submitting a request on the hospital website.
MMC’s current waiting list has decreased from 6,000 individuals to about 3,000. Anyone who is on the waiting list will continue to be contacted by email or phone call when there are available doses, hospital officials said.