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
Updated: March 1, 2021 7:05 PM

MADISON, Wis.– A great deal of audiences are asking News 3 Now why UW Health is pressing back their vaccine consultations, however SSM Health seems to have lots of vaccine. Well, its hard to compare the two health systems.
SSM Health has 18 clinics throughout the state that are vaccinating patients, in numerous different places. UW Health has four centers using vaccine, and all of them are in Dane County.
” Its been clear that the more counties that you are assigning to, the more doses that youre eligible for. Dane County has a great deal of vaccinators, so what DHS has actually shared with us is theyre not always offering proportionately. The more vaccinators you have, that dilutes the amount of vaccine that can be given,” stated Dr. Matt Anderson at UW Health.

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The more vaccinators you have, that waters down the quantity of vaccine that can be given,” stated Dr. Matt Anderson at UW Health.

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“If we had more vaccine we mightve maybe set up more than 2 school districts. We couldve perhaps scheduled instructors to come in on an everyday basis moving forward after March 1,” said Kharbat.
UW Health is choosing to continue working through their 65 and older clients, with about 12,000 presently scheduled.
“Those individuals have actually been awaiting a longer duration of time and are typically the most susceptible for hospitalization and complications, we continue to concentrate on those folks,” said Anderson.
UW Health has actually partnered with Public Health Madison and Dane County to vaccinate teachers at the Alliant Energy Center, however since of a lack in supply, that will not occur for a minimum of another 2 weeks.
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” The state had actually asked us to immunize our primary care population and do so within the time frame prior to March 1.( But) the vaccine supply that we received was inconsistent with that ask.”
SSM Health is beginning to vaccinate freshly qualified groups, including instructors. While 20% of their vaccine allocation will go to educators, 80% will still go to people 65 and older.

DHS is also not considering UW Healths large number of clients who are 65 and older.
While UW Health has the capability to vaccinate 7,000 individuals a week, theyre only being allocated about 2,000 doses. Their control panel reveals more than 40,000 total vaccinations up until now.
Last week, UW Health needed to reschedule about 4,000 appointments because of a lack of supply.
” The state had actually asked us to vaccinate our medical 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 received was irregular with that ask.”
He stated UW Health has actually given that recalibrated their consultations to adjust for the smaller 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 battles with not getting enough vaccine too.
Each of SSM Healths 18 clinics demand about 2,000 doses weekly, but DHS only provides about 500. That amounts to about 9,000 dosages to provide throughout the state every week.
SSM Health has vaccinated more than 90,000 clients so far, and has not had to cancel or reschedule visits due to an absence of supply.
“It comes down to planning, how we plan our clinics, how we prepare our schedules, how we alternate between our clinic sites. We have 18 websites that give the COVID vaccine, but not all 18 are running every day of the week,” stated Kharbat.
SSM Health is beginning to immunize newly eligible groups, consisting of teachers. Theyre scheduled to vaccinate 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.

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