VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach officials plan to hold an upcoming emergency meeting following an all-staff email regarding employee vaccination appointments that were suddenly canceled at two city clinics, sources tell 10 On Your Side.
10 On Your Side investigators obtained a copy of the email, which was sent to all Virginia Beach employees on Tuesday. It states that all vaccination appointments for the months of November and December have been canceled for the clinics at EMS Headquarters and P&R Administration “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
10 On Your Side reached out to Virginia Beach officials for more information about the emergency meeting and the vaccination cancellations.
A source told WAVY that cancellations were due to concerns about proper vaccine dosage being given to employees, and that this is strictly related to the city employee clinics, not the community-wide clinics that are run by the state. It’s unclear at this point the nature of the possible dosage mix-up situation at these city clinics.
There are different doses of each vaccine. For Pfizer and Moderna, the first and second doses are identical. When it comes to the third shot for Pfizer and Moderna, there is a difference between what’s considered a third dose — which is given to immunocompromised people — and a booster shot given to the general population.
Then there’s the recently-approved child-size dose of Pfizer.
Johnson & Johnson also has a “booster” dose.
Virginia beach strongly encourages all employees to get the vaccine but they are one of the few Hampton Roads cities that are not mandating vaccines for city employees. The city also isn’t requiring weekly testing for unvaccinated employees.
The source says the emergency meeting on the matter has been pushed to Monday at City Hall.