Answering your vaccine questions: Why does SSM Health have enough to start vaccinating teachers, but UW Health has had to postpone vaccinations? – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3

Published: March 1, 2021 5:43 PM
Upgraded: March 1, 2021 7:05 PM

Amanda Quintana

The more vaccinators you have, that waters down the amount of vaccine that can be given,” stated Dr. Matt Anderson at UW Health.
” The state had actually asked us to vaccinate our main care population and do so within the time frame prior to March 1.( But) the vaccine supply that we received was irregular with that ask.”
SSM Health is starting to vaccinate freshly eligible groups, consisting of teachers. While 20% of their vaccine allocation will go to teachers, 80% will still go to people 65 and older.

March 1, 2021 5:43 PM

MADISON, Wis.– A great deal of viewers are asking News 3 Now why UW Health is pushing back their vaccine appointments, but SSM Health seems to have plenty of vaccine. Well, its tough to compare the 2 health systems.
SSM Health has 18 centers throughout the state that are vaccinating patients, in various places. UW Health has 4 clinics providing vaccine, and all of them remain in Dane County.
” Its been clear that the more counties that you are allocating to, the more dosages that youre qualified for. Dane County has a great deal of vaccinators, so what DHS has actually shared with us is theyre not always giving proportionately. So the more vaccinators you have, that waters down the quantity of vaccine that can be offered,” said Dr. Matt Anderson at UW Health.
DHS is also not taking into consideration UW Healths large number of clients who are 65 and older.
While UW Health has the capability to vaccinate 7,000 people a week, theyre just being assigned about 2,000 doses. Their dashboard reveals more than 40,000 overall vaccinations up until now.
Recently, UW Health had to reschedule about 4,000 visits due to the fact that of a lack of supply.
” The state had asked us to vaccinate our main care population and do so within the time frame prior to March 1. So we stood the capability to do that,” stated Anderson. “( But) the vaccine supply that we got was inconsistent with that ask.”
He said UW Health has actually considering that recalibrated their consultations to change for the smaller sized vaccine supply theyre getting, and wish to not have to reschedule any longer.
Mo Kharbat, SSM Health Wisconsin Regional VP of Pharmacy Services, said SSM Health struggles with not receiving enough vaccine too.
Each of SSM Healths 18 clinics demand about 2,000 doses each week, but DHS just provides about 500. That includes up to about 9,000 doses to give out across the state every week.
SSM Health has actually immunized more than 90,000 patients up until now, and has actually not needed to cancel or reschedule consultations due to a lack of supply.
“It comes down to preparation, how we prepare our clinics, how we plan our schedules, how we alternate between our clinic websites. We have 18 websites that offer the COVID vaccine, however not all 18 are running every day of the week,” stated Kharbat.
SSM Health is beginning to immunize freshly qualified groups, including instructors. Theyre set up to immunize about 2,000 school staff in Waunakee and Sun Prairie today. While 20% of their vaccine allotment will go to teachers, 80% will still go to people 65 and older.
“If we had more vaccine we mightve possibly scheduled more than 2 school districts. We mightve possibly set up teachers to come in on a day-to-day basis moving forward after March 1,” stated Kharbat.
UW Health is selecting to continue working through their 65 and older clients, with about 12,000 currently scheduled.
“Those people have been waiting for a longer amount of time and are normally the most vulnerable for hospitalization and problems, we continue to concentrate on those folks,” stated Anderson.
UW Health has actually partnered with Public Health Madison and Dane County to vaccinate instructors at the Alliant Energy Center, however due to the fact that of a lack in supply, that will not take place for a minimum of another 2 weeks.
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