NJ hospital CEO: Supply issues slow down vaccine rollout

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Michael Maron, the CEO of Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., told CNBC Jan. 19
That there is an unbalanced supply of COVID-19 vaccines that is challenging the hospital’s and pharmacy suppliers vaccine rollout.

Maron stated on CNBC‘s “Power Lunch” that COVID-19 vaccines are not being distributed with consistency. “One week we’ll have Pfizer, the next week we’ll have Moderna. We never quite know how much of that is coming, whether it’s 1,000 doses … or 2,000 or more,” he said. Both pharmacy suppliers have not commented on this issues when asked to comment on the subject.

Vaccine supply issues are affecting healthcare providers and pharmacy suppliers throughout the nation. A health system CEO in Massachusetts asked for a faster way for the COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out. The CEO also revealed that his organization had to put a stop on vaccinating employees because they did not have enough shots for the patients as well.

News reports have also gathered that a supply of second COVID-19 vaccine doses waiting to be shipped did not exist, despite reports of a stockpile being found and HHS Secretary Alex Azar announcing earlier this week that the government would start delivering reserved doses of the vaccine.

As of now, Holy Name Medical Center has administered about 5,000 vaccine does. Michael Maron told CNBC; however, the hospital has the capacity to give out 3,000 doses per day. On Jan. 18, 2021, 570 patients got vaccinated at the hospital, but the next day the site was closed due to insufficient vaccine doses available. President Joe Biden has vowed to accelerate the vaccine rollout with a pledge to distribute 100 million doses in his first 100 days in office.

Vaccine supply issues are affecting healthcare providers and pharmacy suppliers throughout the nation. Especially in Teaneck, NJ.

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