A Detroit area hospital system canceled nearly two thousand appointments for second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine after an “unexpected and significant” supply shortage.
Beaumont Health said they were notified about a reduction in Pfizer vaccine allocation from the state of Michigan on Friday, forcing them to cancel 1,884 second dose appointments scheduled for Thursday, the health system said in a statement on Monday.
Carolyn Wilson, Beaumont Health COO, said in the statement the group was “disappointed” by the setback.
“Our teams worked around the clock and throughout the weekend with the state to try and secure the second dose vaccine we requested,” Wilson said.
The health system, which includes eight hospitals, said it is planning to reschedule the appointments to one week later if it receives enough supplies from the state.
Beaumont Health said it has the capacity to administer 50,000 doses a week, but this week they were only provided around 2,000.
Most patients will receive an email if their appointment is canceled, but Beaumont will also attempt to contact other patients without an email address by phone.
According to Beaumont, it 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 has administered more than 100,000 doses since the vaccine became available two months ago, it stated.