NYC slashing COVID-19 vaccine supply for pediatricians

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NEW YORK — It is not just the schools in New York City that are seeing distribution problems with the COVID-19 vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds.

PIX11 News has obtained an email sent from City officials to pediatricians characterizing supply as “limited.”  

One office in Brooklyn said its incoming shipment was delayed and slashed from 400 doses to 100 doses.  

South Slope Pediatrics told its community that they ultimately expect the issues to be resolved in time, but do not understand why vaccines would be withheld from trusted local doctors’ offices.  

Federal and local officials have often pointed to these local distribution points as the key to vaccinating the hesitant.

NYC has struggled to distribute appropriate supplies of vaccines to public school clinics.

Large distributors like Northwell Health, have not reported a problem getting adequate supply.  

A spokesperson for the City’s Health Departmnent said there is no supply shortage.

“Nothing is being slashed and there is no supply shortage. Vaccine for 5-11 year olds is widely available across the city. While some health care providers may have received only part of their order so far, more vaccine is expected to arrive in the coming days and pediatricians and other providers will receive more doses,” the spokesperson told PIX11 News.

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