Meadville, PA – Meadville Medical Center (MMC) announced today that
the scheduled Point of Distribution (POD) for the COVID-19 vaccine on
Thursday, February 18th is being rescheduled due to doses not arriving from Pfizer because of
MMC was made aware mid-day on February 17th by Pfizer that due to weather
conditions shipment of vaccine doses have been delayed. Additional information
about how long these delays will last was not provided to MMC. If additional
doses are not received by February 19th the POD on February 20th will also be rescheduled.
“MMC has committed significant resources to distributing the vaccine
as quickly as possible, however, with a limited number of doses and an
uncertain timeline for when they will arrive it makes scheduling and coordinating
these PODs to be incredibly challenging. We are tremendously disappointed
in the delay and for those individuals that had to be rescheduled,”
commented Don Rhoten, Vice President of Consumer Engagement.
The February 17th delay affects 800 people and the potential rescheduling
of the February 20th POD will affect another 1,100. All individuals who were scheduled are
being contacted in order to make them aware of these changes and anyone
receiving their second dose will still fall within the CDC’s guidelines
of 42 days after the 1st dose.
Since December 2020, MMC has administered 14,000 doses of the COVID-19
vaccine. Individuals who have received the vaccine were eligible under
the current version of Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Interim
Vaccine Distribution Plan at the time of planning for the POD. Individuals
have been identified by their place of employment, a referral from a primary
care physician of by submitting a request on the MMC website.
MMC’s current waiting list has decreased from 6,000 individuals to
approximately 3,000. Anyone who is on the waiting list will continue to
be contacted by email or phone call when there are available doses.