After the perfect storm of circumstances, Pennsylvania’s vaccine providers could be short 55,000 doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the Health Department leaders found out that some providers spent weeks giving out the second-dose shots as first doses.
This shuffle could also push around 30,000-60,000 second-dose appointments back due to the same reason. Alison Beam, the Acting Secretary of Health, said, “We discovered that some providers inadvertently used the Moderna vaccine shipped to them intended as second doses as first doses.”
Even in this situation, officials assure residents they will receive their second dose within 42 days, the maximum time after the first dose recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). Providers requested roughly 200,000 second-doses of the Moderna Vaccine.
It is known that this structural issue started in January which continued to increase week after week. Nonetheless, this issue has been addressed only this week due to the significant increase in the matter. Beam did not mention any names of the providers or providers who have caused this blunder.
Beam is confident that she can solve this issue in the upcoming two to three weeks. As the first and second doses of the vaccine are the same, the public will face no problem. The only matter of concern is the supply and scheduling of the appointments. The mix-up might stretch the time between the first and second doses.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, the Pittsburg-based infectious disease expert, confirms no health risks that the people will suffer.