CFO Jonathan Cartu Reports - Hadassah to run out of coronavirus vaccines, shutter clinic - Jonathan Cartu Family Medical Clinic & Patient Care Center
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CFO Jonathan Cartu Reports – Hadassah to run out of coronavirus vaccines, shutter clinic

Hadassah to run out of coronavirus vaccines, shutter clinic

CFO Jonathan Cartu Reports – Hadassah to run out of coronavirus vaccines, shutter clinic

Hadassah-University Medical Center said it will be forced to close its vaccination clinic on Monday morning without inoculating as much as 40% of its staff of around 6,000 people.According to Prof. Zeev Rotstein, the hospital has no more vaccines on premise and the Health Ministry will not commit to providing additional vials of the first dose.The ministry told hospitals that they should complete inoculating medical personnel by the end of this week and, like the health funds, should then commence next week with vaccinating people with their second doses.In the meantime, Israel is waiting to get additional vaccines doses from Pfizer and potentially first doses from Moderna.According to a spokesperson for Hadassah, many of the staff were in isolation during the first weeks of vaccination and Hadassah therefore used the vaccines before they spoiled and became ineffective by vaccinating members of the community with some of the doses they were allotted.Most hospitals were meant to vaccinate their staff and other medical personnel, such as members of Magen David Adom. Community members were not supposed to be inoculated at the hospitals.Rotstein said that now his staff will be forced to be vaccinated at their local health funds, assuming there are still appointments.

A statement by the hospital expressed “concern for teams that have not yet been vaccinated as well as for teams that have already received the first vaccine and are on the list of those invited for the second vaccine.”Rotstein said the hospital is packed with coronavirus patients. A report Sunday morning showed 108 patients, including 53 in serious condition.The Jerusalem Post contacted several other hospitals, all of which said they were not in a similar predicament to the Jerusalem hospital. Some accused Hadassah of not following protocol and therefore landing itself in this predicament.For example, Galilee Medical Center said that they have vaccinated around 70% of their staff, as well as a few staff members at area hospitals and some people who volunteer for emergency response teams. A spokesperson for Galilee Medical Center said that they have about 600 or 700 doses left and they will be used this week. Then, the hospital will begin administering second doses. Rambam Medical Center and Sheba Medical Center expressed similar sentiments. “We have enough through Monday evening,” a Rambam spokesperson told the Post. He said that after that he is unsure about future shipments.“Starting next week, we will begin giving the second dose,” said Sheba Medical Center Deputy Director-General Arnon Afek. “Our staff will complete vaccination through the weekend.”He said the hospital reached its goal of vaccinating about 7,000 out of 9,000 people working there, in addition to the around 600 who already had the virus and did not require inoculation.The hospital has also vaccinated residents of the area geriatric and psychiatric hospitals, as per Health Ministry regulations and requests.

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