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Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 05, 2021 06:50PM
Yet another Walgreen's Screwup.
are you sure you want to do business with these people?

Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary
[www.nydailynews.com]


Walgreens tried to call its own shots when it came to second doses of the Pfizer’s COVID vaccine, making people wait an extra week beyond the recommended 21 days.

Patients are supposed to get two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine spaced three weeks apart, federal health officials have said, but Walgreens was spacing the inoculations four weeks apart for its own convenience, the New York Times first reported Monday and the Daily News confirmed.

Walgreens also is administering Moderna’s COVID vaccine, which is given in two doses spaced four weeks apart.

Using the same 28-day waiting period for both vaccines was “the easiest way to stand up the process based on our capabilities at the time,” Dr. Kevin Ban, Walgreens’s chief medical officer, told The Times.

After some people were up in arms over the delay, Walgreens said it will start scheduling Pfizer doses three weeks apart.

“We have worked closely with the CDC, federal, state and local government officials on COVID-19 vaccine distribution from the outset, and this includes recommended scheduling intervals for all vaccines,” Walgreens spokesperson Fraser Engerman told The News.

“The CDC states that second doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 42 days after the first dose, but no earlier than the recommended interval of 21 and 28 days respectively,” Engerman said in an email statement.

“We have been automatically scheduling patients’ second doses to occur a minimum of 28 days following their first dose to ensure that no dose is administered earlier than the authorized intervals and patients are able to complete the series vaccination,” the statement said.

“We’re continuing to work on system enhancements to our scheduler, and this week plan to have new functionality in place allowing people to schedule Pfizer second dose appointments within a three-week timeframe,” Engerman said.



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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 05, 2021 08:51PM
The extra week isn't going to hurt anyone. 3 weeks is a guideline not a requirement.

It is much easier to just schedule everyone another appointment automatically 28 days later since they don't know for certain which vaccine you will get. Otherwise, they would need a mechanism for the store staff to report back which type was given and then the scheduling software to update a new appointment. It is also going to mess with appointment availability.



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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: RgrF
Date: April 05, 2021 09:49PM
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C(-)ris
The extra week isn't going to hurt anyone. 3 weeks is a guideline not a requirement.

It is much easier to just schedule everyone another appointment automatically 28 days later since they don't know for certain which vaccine you will get. Otherwise, they would need a mechanism for the store staff to report back which type was given and then the scheduling software to update a new appointment. It is also going to mess with appointment availability.

^^^^^

This is the case. Great Britain delayed second shots for six to twelve weeks to get more first shots into arms, on the other hand GB's response to the pandemic was almost as bad as was Trump's.
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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: April 06, 2021 07:49AM
Yep, no big deal.

My second Pfizer shot is scheduled a month after the first one via the local hospital.
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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 06, 2021 11:21AM
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C(-)ris
The extra week isn't going to hurt anyone. 3 weeks is a guideline not a requirement.

That's not the point of this post. It's that Walgreen's keeps screwing up with its inept handling of the responsibility of inoculating Americans. If you can't get it right repeatedly, what should be done?
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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: April 06, 2021 11:29AM
Do you have a commemorative coin for the 2021 SteveG Walgreens Boycott yet?



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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: Ca Bob
Date: April 06, 2021 12:08PM
CVS automatically scheduled my second Pfizer shot for exactly the recommended interval. I saw people in line with me that I had seen the first time. I don't think it requires any really complicated computer programming. The store just has to believe that it will have the correct vaccine in stock on the day in question.
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Re: Another SCREWUP!:'Walgreens delayed Pfizer COVID vaccine second doses 1 week longer than necessary'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 06, 2021 01:57PM
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rjmacs
Do you have a commemorative coin for the 2021 SteveG Walgreens Boycott yet?

I'll wait to see if they can do things right for a few months, however unlikely that seems.



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