Moderna Stock – ‘We were told not to hold back,’ Dr. Martell addresses delay of second-dose Moderna vaccine shipment
ROCKFORD (WREX) — Winnebago County leaders addressed the media for the first time since the county announced second-dose Moderna vaccines were delayed for the health systems.
Dr. Sandra Martell, the Public Health Administrator with the Winnebago County Health Department, addressed the issue, saying the county did nothing wrong.
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“I want to be clear that it was the understanding of the Winnebago County Health department that we were to administer all available vaccine as first dose that we had received,” Dr. Martell said. “We were told not to hold back. That the systems would be prepared to provide us with our second doses. And I want to also be clear that our health system partners assisted us with those first doses and they were also not instructed not to hold back any allocation for second doses.”
Those who had their appointments postponed this week are now in the process of having their appointments rescheduled.
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara offered his support to Dr. Martell and the entire Winnebago County Health Department.
“Dr. Martell, nor her team, missed anything. This is not the time to play games or point fingers about the issue of our supply,” said Mayor McNamara.
Dr. Martell would not provide any additional information as to what then caused the initial delay in the Moderna vaccine shipment.
Dr. Martell says the county received the expected shipment of the vaccine earlier Thursday.
Lack of Vaccines
Earlier this week, 13 WREX dug into the number of vaccines being given out at the Rockford vaccination site. The site opened on February 23 and leaders said it would provide 1,350 vaccines daily at full capacity.
But over the past 7 days, the site has given out just more than 4,000 vaccines and takes roughly 600 appointments a day, per Dr. Martell. So what’s the reason?
Both Dr. Martell and Mayor McNamara say it’s not having enough doses of the vaccine to able to give out 1,350 doses a day.
“We can only use the amount of vaccine given,” says Mayor McNamara. “We’re just not getting enough vaccine.”
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website, only 4.5% of Winnebago County’s population has been fully vaccinated.
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[Moderna Stock – ‘We were told not to hold back,’ Dr. Martell addresses delay of second-dose Moderna vaccine shipment
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