Waitlisted: Shingles vaccine out of stock at CNY pharmacies

The CDC recommends getting the shingles vaccine at 50 years old or older. The problem is – it’s out of stock in Central New York.

Posted: Dec 5, 2018 3:49 PM
Updated: Dec 5, 2018 5:53 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The CDC recommends getting the shingles vaccine at 50 years old or older. The problem is – it’s out of stock in Central New York.

Some local pharmacies have up to 200 people on their waiting lists.

GSK, the maker of the vaccine says starting this month they are shipping large volumes of vaccines twice a week, but before, it was every two to three weeks.

They have a vaccine finder tool on its website, and local pharmacies do pop up, but the little stock they have is for people already on a waiting list.

Shingrix is a two-dose vaccine. The second dose needs to be administered between two to six months after the first dose – making this an urgent matter.

Nearly 7 million doses have been administered since Shingrix was launched last fall, and the vaccine typically takes six to nine months to produce, according to GSK.

The distributor sent NewsChannel 2 the following information about the vaccine:

Find the vaccine

Patients can use the SHINGRIX Vaccine Finder at Shingrix.com to locate providers or pharmacies that have been offering the vaccine.

It is recommended that patients call locations before their visit to ensure vaccine is available. The vaccine finder is updated regularly however, the vaccine some locations is depleted quicker than we can update the site. That is why we recommend that patients call providers on the locator first, to make sure they have vaccine or to get on a wait list for the vaccine.

While patients may find their provider or pharmacy is temporarily out of stock, they should check back often or ask the pharmacy to contact them when they are restocked. They can also consider contacting other pharmacies in their area as inventory can vary within a region.

Going forward, providers and patients can feel confident that more doses are being made available regularly and that they will be able to find the vaccine to complete their two-dose series.

Dosing

Shingrix is a two-dose vaccine with the second dose administered between 2 to 6 months after the first dose. Patients should make every effort to get the second dose of Shingrix between 2 and 6 months after the first dose.

CDC guidance indicates that if more than six months have elapsed since the first dose, the second dose should be administered as soon as possible rather than restart the series.

See the CDC website.

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