OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services said the government would be distributing vaccines that were being held in a stockpile. Now, according to federal officials, the reserve of vaccines does not exist.
What was available began shipping out at the end of December and states may not get as many vaccines as they had planned for in the coming weeks.
Dr. Mark Rupp, medical director of infectious diseases at Nebraska Medicine, calls the communication gap unfortunate.
“I think a lot of people are disappointed, but nonetheless, we’re going to continue to push forward as quickly as we possibly can from an institutional standpoint,” he said. “We are very, very deeply committed to getting this vaccine to the priority groups as quickly as we possibly can.”
Rupp says crisis communication needs to be very clear. He says the whole operation of vaccine distribution is very complex.