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ECDOH cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to lack of supply


Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm

All ECDOH vaccine appointments for Jan. 23-27 are canceled at ECC North & ECC South

The Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of scheduled ECDOH COVID-19 vaccination Points-of-Distribution (PODs) for Saturday, Jan. 23, and Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 25-27. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.

Appointments on Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, are not affected by this announcement.

These cancellations are based on lack of vaccine supply and NYSDOH instruction about vaccine availability. ECDOH has had its vaccine allocation dramatically reduced from the amount it requested. ECDOH is dependent on New York state for its vaccine supply, and is not able to order COVID vaccine directly from vaccine manufacturers or the federal government.

These cancellations will affect 4,315 individuals who have scheduled appointments at ECDOH PODs. Emails and an automated phone call will be sent to notify individuals of their canceled appointments. Those affected will be rescheduled at a future POD site once a vaccine supply is secured.

ECDOH’s allotment from New York this week is 1,700 doses. Combined with remaining supply of 540 doses, ECDOH has enough vaccine to vaccinate the individuals scheduled for PODs on Thursday and Friday.

The department said all future appointments at ECDOH PODs should be considered tentative, and are subject to vaccine availability. Upcoming first-dose appointments will be canceled if ECDOH does not receive additional doses from the state.

Individuals who have scheduled second-dose appointments at ECDOH PODs are not affected by these cancellations.

This announcement does not affect scheduled appointments at non-ECDOH sites, including pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, hospitals and state sites. Those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to keep those appointments, and schedule at other locations if there are openings.

Since opening up its first POD on Jan. 4, ECDOH has distributed 14,176 first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible persons. ECDOH is currently capable of distributing more than 2,000 doses daily at community PODs, with delivery being solely dependent on receiving sufficient vaccine doses to meet its capability.

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