The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
We find the lack of communication and clarity on the reduced allocation of Pfizer vaccine from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services disappointing and frustrating. Hospitals have gone to great lengths to ensure that front-line caregivers are available to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which pulls vital staff away from treating patients when Michigan is in the middle of a second COVID-19 surge. Any delay in receipt of vaccine prolongs the vaccination process and puts healthcare workers at increased risk for contracting this deadly disease. Hospitals need consistent and accurate communication and allocation estimates to ensure quality of care is not interrupted. We are hopeful this issue will be addressed quickly so that hospitals across the country can focus on caring for our communities.