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Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced thousands of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses were given in the wrong order meaning some providers gave out the second dose in place of the first dose.

We checked with local providers in Cambria, Bedford and Somerset Counties who say they did not administer second doses as first doses when distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“People are under the impression that the second dose is a different product than the first which is definitely not the case. So, the problem happened when people used the second doses for first doses. It’s not a different product, it’s the same exact thing,” said Mainline Pharmacy’s director of pharmacy, John Pastorek.

Pastorek says none of the Mainline Pharmacy locations administer any second doses as first doses. UPMC Bedford, UPMC Altoona, UPMC Somerset, Chan Soon Shiong Medical Center and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center all say they were not a part of the mix-up as well. But Mainline Pharmacy says they are already feeling the effects.

‘We were getting all the doses that requested but the last couple of weeks there have been a big-time shortage. But at this time, anyone who has gotten their first dose with us will get their second dose. I don’t think anyone will be left out,” said Pastorek.

This lack of doses is forcing Mainline Pharmacy to push back at least five different vaccine clinics they had scheduled.

“We don’t want to schedule any first doses unless we are sure we have the doses. So, we don’t actually have any scheduled,” said Pastorek. “We have our waiting list, and it is up to 80,000 people now so as soon as we get first doses, we will start calling those people and scheduling them, but we don’t want to promise any doses to people that we didn’t have,” he added.

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