At the moment, all COVID-19 vaccination Factors of Distribution Clinics (PODs) for January 18, 19 and 20 have been canceled.
ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — The Erie County Division of Well being introduced Saturday that each one COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have been canceled.
At the moment, all COVID-19 vaccination Factors of Distribution Clinics (PODs) for January 18, 19 and 20 have been canceled, together with areas on the ECC South campus and the ECC North campus.
The division of well being says these cancellations have been made primarily based on New York State’s announcement final night time saying the vaccine distribution might be dramatically lowered. The Erie County Division of Well being added that it’s depending on New York State for the vaccine provide and is unable to order vaccines immediately from the producer or the federal authorities.
The county well being division went on to say that any future appointments on the ECDOH PODs are topic to vaccine availability, and the appointments ought to be thought of tentative.
If the county doesn’t obtain further doses, any upcoming first-dose appointments might be canceled. Nevertheless, the county well being division notes that any people who scheduled appointments to get their second dose of the vaccine at ECDOH PODs won’t be affected by these cancellations.
“We understand the cancellation of those vaccine appointments might be tremendously disappointing to those that have been scheduled to obtain their first dose of vaccine at these clinics,” mentioned Erie County Government Mark Poloncarz. “Our total COVID response workforce is extremely pissed off with the federal authorities’s failure to determine a dependable vaccine provide and their lack of urgency to get vaccine to companies, reminiscent of our Division of Well being, that may get vaccinate those that at the moment qualify.”
Based on the county, these cancellations will have an effect on 3,695 people who had scheduled appointments. Every particular person might be knowledgeable concerning the cancellations by way of emails and a robocall.
As soon as a vaccine provide is secured, these affected might be provided an appointment.
“Our PODS are ready to begin vaccinating eligible residents as quickly as we’ve a provide,” mentioned Commissioner of Well being Dr. Gale Burstein. “We’ve been planning for this and have our websites, employees and scheduling course of in place; the one limiting issue at this level is the vaccine. Going ahead, we’ve to imagine that there might be extraordinarily restricted vaccine availability till provide can sustain with demand.”
The county well being division notes that anybody who has a scheduled appointment at a non-ECDOH website, reminiscent of pharmacies, federally certified well being facilities (FQHCs), hospitals and New York State websites, won’t be affected by this.