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For AU Health, vaccine flows again after a week of delays

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 2:33 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - On Monday morning, Augusta University Health received more shipments of COVID-19 vaccines from the Georgia state allotment. The medical center is scheduled to received shipments from South Carolina soon after.

Another shipment is expected to roll in on Wednesday.

“From our perspective, we are good to go. We will honor our second dose clinics and this week,” Dr. Joshua Wyche with AU said.

AU Health is also looking to open additional clinics later this week in both states to get more first-dose vaccinations out to the public.

“Hopefully, Thursday afternoon at Washington Square, and Saturday at Washington Square. And then potentially Wednesday and Friday at Aiken Tech,” Wyche said.

The times for those clinics will be dependent on a meeting with AU Health this afternoon. However, Wyche says the logjam of supply, especially with the Pfizer vaccine, seems to be lifting after a week of delays, amid logistics problems due to winter weather elsewhere in the country.

The end of the delays is welcomed by many because the delays have led to some people in our area to pass the recommended time frame to receive their second dose.

AU Health says that can get complicated.

“It gets quite complex as you’re managing these calendars to understand that everything you do has a follow-on effect either 21 days or 28 days later,” said AU Health’s Dr. Phillip Coule.

Coule says AU Health is notified every Thursday on the amount of vaccines it will be getting for the next week. That’s when new appointments are activated.

So far, AU Health has vaccinated more than 25,000 people.

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