These States Are Running Out of the COVID Vaccine
Appointments are being canceled as some areas struggle to meet demands.
The vaccine rollout has hit some serious snags: A handful of states have already found themselves forced to cancel hundreds of scheduled vaccine appointments due to a shortage of doses. These areas are on the brink of running out of vaccine doses thanks to overwhelming demand and a limited supply—and it's unclear when they'll be receiving more. Read on to find out which states have been affected, and for more vaccine news, If You Take These OTC Meds, You Have to Stop Before Getting the Vaccine.
During a press briefing on Jan. 19, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the city would soon run out of vaccines. "We will hit zero by Friday. We will have literally nothing left to give," de Blasio said. The depletion of the vaccine will have serious consequences unless it's replenished quickly.
"If we don't get a new supply of vaccine, we will have to cancel appointments and no longer give shots after Thursday for the remainder of the week at a lot of our sites," the mayor added. "We will not get, on the current schedule, resupplied until next Tuesday, which means for many of our sites, we couldn't vaccinate again until Wednesday." De Blasio claimed the city now has "the ability to vaccinate a huge number of people" but needs "the vaccine to go with it."
Not only have appointments for people's first doses been canceled, but some people also won't be able to get their second dose. A spokesperson for the mayor told Newsweek that the city has enough vaccine to administer some necessary second doses, but not all. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
It's not much of a surprise that the country's most populous state, which is also experiencing a significant coronavirus surge, has run into this issue. At least two areas in the Golden State are feeling the pressure of a swiftly depleting vaccine supply. The Los Angeles Times reported that on Jan. 19, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis said, "We do not have enough of the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone. That includes all those 65 and older, but we will get there. Patience."
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is scrambling to give out as many second doses as they can. The L.A. Times reported that Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer believes the county will run out of vaccines by early next week, and then they'll have to hope for a lot of incoming doses. "We’re not yet sure about our allocation for next week, which will need to cover those healthcare workers that need their second doses, as well as everybody who’s ready for their first dose," she said.
L.A. isn't the only area in a troubling situation with vaccines. Newsweek reports that San Francisco's director of public health, Grant Colfax, MD, said San Francisco had requested 12,000 doses this week, the same as the previous week, but the city only received 1,775 doses. During a press update on Jan. 19, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the city is projected to run out of doses by the end of the week if they don't receive more promptly. And for more news on vaccine rollout, New CDC Director Says You Won't Get Your Vaccine From Here Anytime Soon.
After running out of vaccine on Jan. 11, the city of Paterson received 2,000 doses the next day, Mayor Andre Sayegh told NJ.com. He said it's difficult to predict how long this shipment will last the city since demand is so high. And for more news on COVID mitigation measures, The White House Just Mandated Masks in These 5 Places.
Chief operating officer of Beaumont Health, Carolyn Wilson, told Crain's Detroit Business that Beaumont Health, which is made up of eight different hospitals, only received 7,000 of the 34,000 doses requested the previous week. Wilson is confident that the vaccinations would be going smoothly if not for the supply issues. "We can dose up to 10,000 people per day if we had the vaccines," she said. And for vaccine guidance you need to know, discover The Only 2 People Who Shouldn't Get the COVID Vaccine, FDA Official Says.
On Jan. 11, a drive-thru vaccination site in Rowan Country turned people away after running out of vaccine, according to WBTV. Three days later, a shipment of 600 doses came in, allowing the clinic to get back up and running. Rowan County Health Department Director Nina Oliver told WBTV that another allotment is coming, but it's unclear how many doses would be on board and when the shipment would arrive. And for more on potential vaccine complications, These Are the Side Effects of the New Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.