Vaccine shortage could happen after Moderna shipments falter

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 10:16 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 05:59:14-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The CDC states bad weather is delaying shipments of the Moderna vaccine and San Diego is feeling the effect.

The Petco Park Super Station reopened Wednesday after shutting down for three days. The shutdown caused when a shipment of Moderna vaccines didn't arrive last Thursday.

San Diego County reached out to their medical partners to fill the gap and Scripps Health had 3,000 doses of the vaccine they were getting ready to distribute to their patients.

"It was a lot of calculating because we wanted to make sure we had enough. Two thousand doses of Moderna we gave back and just under 1,000 Pfizer," Acute Care Chief Medical Officer at Scripps Health Dr. Ghazala Sharieff said.

She said the state doesn't want them to continue saving doses for patients' second shot, instead of encouraging medical practices to trust more vaccines are coming.

But that doesn't seem to be the case.

"Just today we did not get our Moderna [shipment] that we were expecting in," Dr. Sharieff said Wednesday.

She's concerned the bad weather could lead to a vaccine shortage and throw a wrench in their plans to distribute vaccines.

"My main hope though is to have a consistent supply. You know we can't have this up and down, up and down," she said.

Dr. Sharieff said they've worked hard to provide data on the vaccine distribution effort and she is seeing inaccurate reporting at the state level which raises concerns on overall data and future distribution efforts.

California Department of Public Health responded, "The inventory numbers on the dashboard are based on data entered by providers. If the data is incorrect, it is likely because a provider entered it incorrectly."