Baystate Health to receive additional vaccines Wednesday after running out of first doses Monday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After having to halt employee vaccinations within Baystate Health Monday due to lack of supplies, the health system announced Tuesday they will be receiving additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on Wednesday at the latest.

Massachusetts needs more COVID-19 vaccines as hospitals continue to run out of supplies. Governor Charlie Baker announced Tuesday the state has administered more than 141,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Baystate Health President and CEO Mark Keroack said in the weekly Springfield news conference Monday that they were able to vaccinate about 1,000 people for the day but had to stop because they ran out of supplies.

However, Baystate Health will be receiving additional doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by Wednesday at the latest.

“We should be able to keep up with the demand, that is to say the manufactures should be and the logistical distribution in vaccination as opposed to just production should speed up within the next few weeks,” said Dr. Keroack.

A total of 7,800 people out of their 12,000 Baystate Health employees have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 1,900 have received their second dose. Dr. Keroack at Baystate Health said fewer than ten of those vaccinated have had allergic reactions that required medical treatment.

Around 1,900 workers have declined the COVID-19 vaccine as they wait to see what the side effects are.

A news release sent to 22News clarified that Baystate Health had depleted their first dose of vaccines but all second doses are available and ready for Baystate employees for their second appointments in the vaccination process.

Over at Mercy Medical Center, the hospital has provided more than 2,000 first doses. They too are waiting for more vaccines to come in.

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