By Carol Tannenhauser
Mt. Sinai Hospital has cancelled all vaccination appointments from Friday, January 15th through Tuesday, January 19th — a sudden and surprising change for those who had made it onto the list. People who had appointments on those days were notified by both texts and phone calls on Thursday afternoon. Mt. Sinai released the following statement:
Unfortunately, due to sudden changes in vaccine supply, we have been forced to cancel our existing public vaccination appointments from Friday, January 15, through Tuesday, January 19. We will inform our patients when more vaccine supplies become available and reopen vaccination appointments for eligible patients. For anyone with appointments scheduled after Tuesday, we will provide updates as soon as we know more.”
Lois Wolff, 76, was “horrified” when she got the news around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. She and her husband both had appointments at Mt. Sinai this Friday morning. “We were so relieved to get them,” Wolff said. “I can’t tell you how nervous we’ve been all these months. And Mt. Sinai was very efficient! Yesterday, 24 hours to the minute, I got a text from them confirming my appointment.
”I also got a phone call about cancelling,” Wolff continued, “a live human being. I said, ‘How could you do this?’ She said, ‘Well, we’re out of them. We’ll call when we have more.’ I said, ‘What happens when you get them? Do we have to go to the end of the list?’ She said, ‘No, no, we’ll work it out.”
Mt. Sinai may not be the only hospital forced to cancel appointments. “A source at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx said the hospital has canceled recent vaccination appointments, but hasn’t offered staff a reason for doing so,” wrote the Daily News. “An official there said there are no supply issues.”
WSR has also heard through reliable sources that similar issues may be occurring at Northwell, NYU, and New York Presbyterian Hospitals. We will keep you posted.