SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Sutter Health is expecting a new shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine after being forced to cancel thousands of appointments.
The health care company said it started postponing vaccinations in February, and so far has stopped appointments all the way through March 9. This included second-dose appointments, which are time-sensitive.
Sutter Health said on Tuesday that due to a lack of supply, up to 40,000-second dose appointments would be canceled this week, and possibly up to 50,000 more second dose appointments in the weeks ahead.
Some slightly better news: Sutter says the state has committed to giving them 60,000 doses over the next two weeks — that would still leave them 30,000 doses short.
Sutter is saying, “Many county and local health partners have given Sutter vaccine in recent days. This additional and unexpected supply, along with the state’s commitment, allows us to reschedule those impacted patients, starting as early as this weekend.”
They say, “as long as we continue to receive sufficient supply, we anticipate being able to complete all second dose vaccinations well within the CDC’s recommended timeframe,” which is up to six-weeks between doses.
Sutter Health is now in the process of rescheduling 21,000 appointments, but they think that can be done within the CDC’s 6-week time frame.
At this time, first-dose appointments remain on hold until vaccine supply increases.
Sutter Health launched vaccination appointments first for patients ages 75 and up, in accordance with the state’s guidance, on January 14.