BOSTON (SHNS/WWLP) – Local medical officials warn that they’ve depleted or nearly depleted their vaccine supply.
Massachusetts has administered more total COVID-19 vaccine doses than any other New England state, but trails the region on the number of doses given per 100,000 residents, according to data collected by Bloomberg.
Without enough supplies, people may not receive the second dose within the recommended time frame – 21 to 28 days. A situtation the FDA calls a “significant risk.”
Vaccinations are on halt at Baystate Medical Center, there is no supply left to give. At Mercy Medical Center, they’ve also had to stop vaccinating, luckily there, the second round of doses is in reserve.
Both hospitals don’t know when the next shipment is coming in.
“The problem is the state doesn’t know they are going to get it until a couple of days before it arrives too. So the information and transparency and regularities are not there,” said Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Medical Center. “They predictability [are] not there.”
For those that have been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, they have just 21 days to receive their second dose after the initial vaccination. Moderna, 28 days.
Right now, researchers and doctors are unsure how this will affect people’s level of protection. The FDA says changes to the dosing or schedules of the vaccine are premature, further in-depth studies would need to conduct, adding without supporting data, “We run a significant risk of placing public health at risk, undermining the historic vaccination efforts to protect the population from COVID-19.”
Tracking the progress of vaccination in the U.S. and globally, the news outlet reports that reported that 8.02 million doses have been administered in the country, or 2.4 for every 100 people, and that 26 percent of shots distributed to states have been administered.
In Massachusetts, where Gov. Charlie Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders have said publicly available vaccination data lags behind the actual number of shots in arms, Bloomberg says the roughly 151,000 doses administered works out to about 2.2 per 100 people, and the state has used about 33.7 percent of its supply.
With the 16th highest number of doses distributed, Massachusetts also ranks 16th for the number of doses administered to residents, excluding federal entities like the Department of Defense and veterans health services.