Meadville Medical Center has had to postpone one COVID-19 vaccination clinic Wednesday while it prepares for another the same day.

The medical center said Monday it has received a shipment of 1,100 vaccine doses from Pfizer.

The hospital issued a statement late Monday afternoon, "According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), this shipment of vaccines may only be used for individuals who are receiving their first dose. They may not be used for people in need of a second dose."

Because of the department directive, the hospitals's planned vaccine clinic for those individuals in need of a second dose is being postponed until it receives doses that may be distributed to people in need of a second dose.

"At this time, MMC has no additional information about when people who were scheduled to receive a second dose on February 20th, February 22nd and February 24th will be rescheduled," the statement said. "MMC has requested 3,000 doses from the DOH specifically for second doses, but has received no confirmation when those doses will be available."

"Anyone who was previously scheduled to receive a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on February 18th is being rescheduled to a new Point of Distribution on February 24th. Anyone in need of their second dose will not be able to receive it at this time," the hospital said.

"The guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) makes it clear that the second dose can be administered up to 42 days after the first, but we are eagerly ready to administer the vaccines as soon as we get them," said Dr. Denise Johnson, the hospital's chief medical officer.

MMC has administered 14,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer so far.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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