At Issue: Cook County Health adapts to reduced vaccine supply

COVID-19 vaccine being stored in Chicago. Photo credit Getty Images

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County Health officials say they’re concerned about getting far fewer doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine than they were expecting.

Dr. Kiran Joshi, co-leader of Cook County’s Public Health Department, said it’s just the latest example of medical officials dealing with a fluid situation.

Distribution of the vaccine creates challenges because of requirements to store it in ultra-cold conditions.

Dr. Sharon Welbel, chair of infection control for Cook County’s Health and Hospitals System, said officials were surprised to learn only about half of the promised doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would be available in the early months.

Cook County is coordinating with its partners to adjust.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker this week said federal officials have not offered an explanation for the halving of the supply.

The Vaccine and the Health Systems are the focus of “At Issue,” which airs 9:30 p.m. Sunday.