UW Health got down to 93 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine

It received approx. 2,400 more doses Tuesday.
Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 10:59 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 6:57 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - With tens of thousands of people already scheduled to receive their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at UW Health, the number of those doses the hospital has on hand had dwindled into the dozens.

At the beginning of the day Tuesday, the UW Health dashboard showed the hospital was down to its last 93 first doses with more than 22,000 names on still its appointment list. Just a day earlier, the hospital had nearly 1,000 first doses, however all but those final few dozen have since been administered.

The dashboard indicated in the past day, the number of people who have received their first dose rose from approximately 17,400 to 18,315 patients, indicating the decline was because of shots delivered.

In an update, UW Health confirmed to NBC15 News that it received a new shipment Tuesday morning and now have around 2,400 doses.

“We’ve actually seen more reductions than increases the last couple of weeks, and that’s been pretty challenging,” Dr. Matt Anderson, Sr. Medical Director of Primary Care said.

On Monday, Anderson indicated the hospital’s ability to deliver more doses was increasing, but it was being hamstrung by supply issues.

Even before the number of doses dipped to double-digits the hospital had indicated it was reaching out to patients who already had an appointment in hopes of rescheduling.

As far as second doses, the situation is a little more stable, the dashboard shows UW Health has 7,631 appointments scheduled and nearly 2,500 doses on hand, which is down from the more than 2,700 doses it had Monday.

However, that still leaves it with an approximate three-to-one ratio between appointments and on-hand doses – as compared to the over 240:1 ratio for first doses.

“There are definitely going to be a couple of days that we’re going to not be able to operate some of the clinics that we planned on operating,” Anderson said.

The smaller amount of doses has forced UW Health to close vaccine clinics and reschedule appointments.

“It’s not desirable, and it’s frustrating to have that delayed, but we’re going to do everything we possibly can to get those people rescheduled as soon as possible and get those vaccines into their arms,” Anderson said.

During a press conference, Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) Deputy Sec. Julie Willems Van Dijk answered a question about improving distribution in Wisconsin. She said this week 505 vaccinators asked for around 290,000 doses, leading DHS to make some ‘tough decision’ allocating what they received from the federal government.

Van Dijk said DHS is constantly working to improve the distribution system for COVID-19 vaccines and looks to spread those doses across the state.

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