Virginia to receive fewer COVID-19 vaccines doses than expected

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COVID-19 vaccines that arrived at VCU Health for healthcare workers. (Photo: VCU)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health is now planning to receive fewer COVID-19 vaccines than originally expected.

The state will now get 370,650 COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of December — this is down from the previously expected 480,000 doses. The health department was notified by Operation Warp Spread of the change late Thursday.

Virginia is one of more than a dozen states that were told by the federal government that next week’s shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would be less than originally projected. Little explanation was offered.

 Pfizer issued a statement late Thursday saying the company isn’t having issues in production or distribution.

“Pfizer is not having any production issues with our COVID-19 vaccine, and no shipments containing the vaccine are on hold or delayed. This week, we successfully shipped all 2.9 million doses that we were asked to ship by the U.S. Government to the locations specified by them. We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier this week, the state received 72,125 initial vaccine doses from Pfizer that were distributed to frontline healthcare workers.

VDH said the state has already placed an order for 146,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine, which if approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), will begin arriving the week of December 21. 

Virginia’s healthcare workers and long term care facility residents remain top priority groups, state health officials said.

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