COVID-19 vaccination sites struggle to meet rising demand for doses

With a crippled rollout plan, depleted stockpiles and overbooked appointments, many vaccine centers say they will quickly run out of doses.
3:15 | 01/18/21

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Transcript for COVID-19 vaccination sites struggle to meet rising demand for doses
We'll continue now with the latest on the covid-19 emergency and the race to vaccinate. So far the CDC reports more than 12 million doses have been administered. This is out of the 31 million that have been distributed. This as more than 397,000 American lives have been lost to the virus. Kaylee Hartung is at a mass vaccination site for us. Reporter: Good morning, robin. It sounds like a good plan, right, opening up dodger stadium for maz vaccinations. You can't give out doses you don't have. They could run out of shots as soon as Wednesday. This morning, America's hospitals are in crisis. Struggling to keep up with the surge of patients. As the nation nears a gut-wrenching milestone -- 400,000 covid deaths. Now hope is on the horizon. Mass vaccination sites popping up across the country from Florida's hard rock stadium, even disneyland. All those can be put in place, they're useless until they have something to administer. Reporter: Appointments are overbooked. Thousands of Americans just can't seem to get that prize shot in the arm. It seems like it's very disorganized. What's the point of making an appointment if you're going to stand here three, four hours to get in. Reporter: In Houston, weighing a choice between conserving the supply or maximizing -- If we do find thousands that means we won't have enough for the next week but he insisted that we get out as much vaccine as we could. Reporter: With no federal stock pile, pfizer and modern shipping out 2 million doses per week, the government pushing for at least 50 million to be distributed by tend of January, a lot of ground to make up. So far only 31 million have gone We're inheriting a huge mess here. Reporter: Biden's team promising to speed up the rollout. We've looked carefully and we're confident that we have enough vaccine for the 100 million doses over the next 100 days. That's what the President-Elect has promised, it will be a hefty lift. Reporter: The everyday toll weighing on American lives. In southern California the latest epicenter of the pandemic, Orange county's fourth field hospital opening today. 52 extra beds for covid patients are now available at St. Jude medical center. I can only imagine every day if not every hour that there's a different concern at. Of your list at this point in the pandemic. What's keeping you up at night? Vaccine rolling out fast enough and people not getting ahead of it. Reporter: Joe Biden has this plan of delivering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days of his presidency. Dr. Fauci said that's absolutely doable. Two more vaccines in the works from Johnson and Johnson and astrazeneca. Kaylee, thank you. We bring in ashish jha, Dean of the brown university school

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