North Hills doctors frustrated mass COVID-19 vaccination site sitting empty while waiting for doses

North Hills doctors frustrated mass COVID-19 vaccination site sitting empty while waiting for doses

GIBSONIA, Pa. — Doctors in the North Hills told Channel 11 they’re on the wrong side of the state’s supply problems and while they have the ability and capacity to vaccinate hundreds of people a day in their mass vaccination site, they’re not getting the vaccine they need. Their fear is the huge room could sit empty for weeks.

“We could make this virus go away in 3 months instead of a year if we had the supply,” said Dr. Joe Calhoun, of Healthquest Medical in Gibsonia. “We have the capacity to vaccinate 2000 people a week here. And people are still getting sick, still dying, and we have the ability and will and community backing, but the state unfortunately has not followed through with the promises.”

In the last two weeks, they haven’t received a single shipment.

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“We had people scheduled to be in here last night to be vaccinated, so we had to call them and tell them they were canceled because we have no vaccine,” said Dr. Mark Fantaski, of Healthquest Medical.

Up until Thursday morning, they were fearful they wouldn’t receive second doses for more than 300 people, then they got a call saying it should get there in time.

Next week, they’ll need another 400 second doses. If they get what they need, they have the perfect layout on the third floor of the doctor’s office, with a vaccine station and chairs properly spaced.

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