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Mercyhealth delays COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to no shipment this week

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Mercyhealth canceled more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments Monday after the hospital system said it received zero first-dose vaccines for this week.

Mercyhealth, just like many other hospital systems across the country, request vaccine doses from state health departments and it's up to those departments to allocate a number of vaccine doses.

According to Mercyhealth, it received zero first-dose vaccines for 605 patients in Winnebago County and 470 patients in Rock County, Wisconsin. As a result, it canceled appointments for patients scheduled to be vaccinated in Rockford and Janesville.

Patients have been notified via MyChart, calls and texts, according to the hospital system.

"Hospitals make weekly requests for vaccine, and the state allocates and ships the COVID-19 vaccine," Mercyhealth said in a news release Monday. "Mercyhealth is hopeful to receive the requested amount, but it may or may not be granted by the state.

Mercyhealth said patients and/or healthcare workers who are expecting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive their dose as planned. The appointment cancellations do not effect patients in Harvard, Illinois, and Walworth County, Wisconsin.

"Every day and week brings different vaccine totals and administration depends on the amount we receive from the state," Mercyhealth said. "Because the amount of vaccine received from the state is not predictable, the amount Mercyhealth is able to administer in a given day or week is varies."

The hospital system said that patients whose appointments were rescheduled should not call to reschedule, in order to keep phone lines open for other patients.

13 WREX reached out to the state of Illinois, which said it is looking in to the issue. This article will be updated with the state's response.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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