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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  Where’s the vaccine? That’s what a Mayo Clinic leader is wondering.

Dr. Amy Williams is executive dean for practice and says Mayo spent weeks preparing for its COVID vaccination program.

Its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine arrived last week and it totaled 2300 doses. That’s less than a third of what Mayo had prepared for. Williams says Mayo had hoped to have its staff fully vaccinated within a matter of weeks.

"Unfortunately, we aren’t receiving an adequate allocation of doses to achieve that goal or anything close to it," Dr. Williams says. "In Week 1, Mayo Clinic received 2,300 doses of vaccine. Of our 39,000 employees in Rochester, this amount vaccinates less than 6% of our workforce."

She says between 9,700-11,000 of those 39,000 staff are frontline COVID caregivers in acute care settings.

"Mayo Clinic has prepared for weeks to be able to receive and deliver these vaccines to our frontline staff who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much these past months to care for patients throughout this pandemic," Dr. Williams says. "We built freezers, trained staff, set up sites and developed safety protocols—spending countless hours to be ready to serve our staff who serve so many others. We owe them a debt of gratitude and we also owe them the opportunity to provide care safely as they continue to put their lives on the line to serve our patients and our communities."

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