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Colorado to receive about 17K fewer doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 8:16 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 16:17:30-05

Colorado will receive 16,770 fewer doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in its next shipment, according to a statement from Gov. Jared Polis' office Thursday evening.

According to the statement, Colorado had been planning for an allocation of 56,550 Pfizer doses on Dec. 18.

"We learned this week that Operation Warp Speed (OWS) leadership has made a decision that changes what we had expected to receive," the statement reads.

Colorado's next allocation will include 39,780 doses. Of that, 25,740 will be transferred to the CDC Pharmacy Partnership Program to support on-site vaccination of Colorado’s skilled nursing facilities and 14,040 will be assigned to providers, according to the governor's office statement.

The statement continued: "Currently, the CDC notifies the state on a week by week basis what we can expect for the upcoming week. OWS is changing their approach so that we get the same allocation each week. If additional doses become available, OWS will distribute those additional doses periodically."

Pfizer also released a statement Thursday evening, stating that it is not having any production issues with the vaccine and no shipments are delayed.

"This week, we successfully shipped all 2.9 million doses that we were asked to ship by the U.S. Government to the locations specified by them," Pfizer said. "We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses."

The reason behind the lack of additional shipment instructions is not yet clear.

In a press conference Friday, Polis said the state is still expecting to receive the 95,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

This is a developing story and will be updated.