Beaumont canceling 1,884 appointments for second dose vaccine after unexpected shortage

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 15:09:23-05

(WXYZ) — Due to an unexpected shortage of second dose vaccine, Beaumont Health is canceling 1,884 appointments.

On Friday, Beaumont learned of an unexpected reduction in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine allocation from the state of Michigan, forcing the health system to cancel the second dose appointments scheduled for Thursday.

The health system says it is working to automatically reschedule all canceled appointments to one week later at the same time and on the same day of the week.

Beaumont says it is seeking more clarity from the state on these second doses.

While three weeks is the typical amount of time between the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the vaccine remains effective when patients receive the second dose up to six weeks after the first dose.

Most patients will receive an email if their appointment is canceled, but Beaumont will also attempt to contact other patients without an email address via phone.

In addition, the health system will not be able to open any more Pfizer first dose vaccine appointments at the Beaumont Service Center until additional vaccine is received. Beaumont is prepared to administer 50,000 doses a week, but this week will only be able to do 2,200, which is all the state supplied in its recent allocation, the health system said.

Beaumont says it is working diligently to get more vaccine from the state to provide the required second dose in a timely manner.

“We are so disappointed that we had to cancel these appointments. Our teams worked around the clock and throughout the weekend with the state to try and secure the second dose vaccine we requested,” Beaumont Health Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Wilson said in a press release. “We remain committed to vaccinating patients as quickly as possible as soon as we receive our allocated doses of vaccine.”

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