Delay in shipment puts a hold on COVID-19 vaccinations for some on Maui

Delay in shipment puts a hold on COVID-19 vaccinations for some on Maui
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Health Community Vaccination Clinic has already administered nearly 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Maui.

But due to a delay in shipment, upcoming first dose appointments for those wanting to get the shot had to be rescheduled, and new reservations aren’t being accepted, a Maui Memorial Medical Center spokesperson said Saturday.

Officials said they were notified by the state Friday night that their anticipated shipment of vaccine doses for this weekend and next week wouldn’t be arriving. That forced the hospital to notify appointment holders between Jan. 17 and Feb. 7 that they were being postponed, but are on the priority list.

“This is to ensure that we have enough vaccine to provide the second dose to those who will require them over the next few weeks,” the hospital said in a news release.

As soon as enough supply is obtained, the clinic will re-book individuals.

The Department of Health said Maui is slated to get 4,450 doses sometime next week: Two trays of Pfizer, each with 975 doses, will be going directly to Maui Health.

Starting Monday Jan. 18, the clinic will open for second dose vaccinations only.

“We know this is frustrating. Please know that we are tirelessly advocating for Maui to ensure we receive our fair share of vaccines so that any Maui community member who wants to be vaccinated, can be,” clinic officials said.

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