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Vaccinators: Don’t show up looking for extra doses

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Health care staff at UW Hospital in Madison are using saline solution shots as they train to administer COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they become available.
Photo courtesy UW Health

MADISON (WKOW) -- Vaccine providers are discouraging people from showing up to wait for extra doses at vaccine clinics.

Once a vial of vaccine is used, it can't be saved for another day, so some have waited at vaccine clinics across the US, hoping for a chance to get one of those shots.

Some vaccinators in our area don't want people to do that, because they have other plans in place to avoid waste.

"Somebody who is randomly showing up and sitting around is not going to receive an additional vaccine at our clinic locations," said Dr. Matt Anderson, with UW Health. "We have a process right now to make sure that patients who are already on a preset list are the ones who are getting notified and showing up for those vaccines that are maybe leftover at the end of the day."

SSM Health has a similar waitlist for its extra doses.

Officials with Public Health Madison & Dane County and Iowa County Health Department say its clinics also use waitlists, encouraging people who are eligible to get the vaccine and available at a moment's notice to sign up. They'd get a call to come down to the clinic site right away.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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