About 4,000 Philly COVID-19 vaccines could go bad if unused this week

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials say they have about 4,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines that people need to use this week before they become unusable.

Department of Public Health Director of Communications James Garrow said that for the last few weeks, they have been experiencing a drop in demand for the COVID-19 vaccine.

"The people who were very eager to get it have seemingly gotten it," said Garrow. "Now, we're trying to encourage people who may be on the fence, or may be a little bit hesitant, to get it."

Garrow said a number of their clinics have extra vaccine. That's why they are telling unvaccinated people to come down to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for their first dose.

"We have about 4,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that will expire by the end of the week, so we're really hoping to get through it on Wednesday and Thursday," Garrow explained.

He said those vaccine lines you once saw wrap around the convention center are a thing of the past. He added you can walk in and out in no time.

"You get your vaccine, you wait for 15 minutes, and you're out the door," said Garrow. "It's truly a professional operation, giving out a lifesaving vaccine for zero cost."