Sutter Health may cancel up to 90,000 vaccinations due to inadequate care


Sutter Health cancels or postpones 40,000 vaccination schedules for second-dose admissions, including at nine Northern California mass vaccination sites because it doesn’t have enough vaccine content, Sutter said Tuesday.

These discussions are scheduled to take place between now and March 9th. Sutter will also have to cancel or postpone an additional 50,000 vaccination dates scheduled for March 10 and later if it does not receive any more vaccinations from the state.

Sutter calls or emails affected patients to notify them and aims to reschedule discussions over the next seven to 10 days. If Sutter receives multiple vaccinations, you can avoid some deletions. The majority of affected patients are 65 years of age or older or health care workers. Sutter’s mass vaccination sites include the SF Market in Bayview.

“We urgently asked the state for the additional benefits needed to prevent the cancellation of more than 90,000 second-dose vaccination dates on our books,” Sutter spokesman Monique Binkley Smith said in a statement. “This is an extremely unfortunate situation for our patients and can be avoided by getting an additional supply of vaccines.”

People whose second dose date has been canceled or postponed by Sutter may try to make an appointment elsewhere to get their second shot, such as Walgreens, CVS, or another vaccination site. They must bring their vaccination card from the first dose so that the vaccinators know if they are being given a Pfizer or Moderna shot.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be given, given or taken three or four weeks apart, but the CDC says the second dose can be given up to six weeks later.

Unreliable vaccination supply was a problem during the vaccination campaign. Some vaccination sites had to suspend first-dose appointments because they had to use their vaccine reserves to meet second-dose appointments for people who had received first-dose admissions a few weeks earlier. Healthcare providers and local health departments usually only get a few days notice of how many doses they are receiving. Last month, Kaiser had to cancel 5,200 vaccination appointments in Santa Clara County because it did not receive enough vaccinations.