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BayCare pauses vaccinations, citing lack of supply

The state has not confirmed when more doses will be shipped, health system officials said.
Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at a Mississippi distribution center on Dec. 20, 2020. BayCare Health System, which operates 15 hospitals in and around Tampa Bay, announced Thursday that it will pause new vaccination appointments, citing a lack in supply from the state.
Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at a Mississippi distribution center on Dec. 20, 2020. BayCare Health System, which operates 15 hospitals in and around Tampa Bay, announced Thursday that it will pause new vaccination appointments, citing a lack in supply from the state. [ PAUL SANCYA | AP ]
Published Jan. 14
Updated Jan. 16

BayCare is pausing new coronavirus vaccination appointments, citing a lack of supply from the state, the health system announced Thursday.

Vaccinations are still scheduled through next week for health care workers and patients 65 and older. But those will exhaust BayCare’s existing inventory of doses, and it hasn’t received confirmation from the state on when more will be shipped.

“We know this is frustrating for everyone,” chief operating officer Glenn Waters said in a statement.

“After so many months of fighting this pandemic, many, many of us want to participate in vaccinations to help our community become safer. But the stop-start process will likely continue until the nation’s vaccine supply and administration capacity fully matures.”

Since late December, when vaccines first arrived in Florida, BayCare has administered about 26,000 first doses, the statement said. Corresponding second doses are expected to arrive soon.

Correction: BayCare Health Systems is waiting for its second vaccine doses and Glenn Waters is the chief operating officer. An earlier version of this report was incorrect on these points.

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