NEW YORK — Health care providers across the United States have faced a shortage of vaccines, forcing some to shut down, as the nation braces for a second pandemic.
More than 20% of the nation’s health care providers reported that they have been unable to get vaccines, according to a survey from Avalere Health, a research and consulting firm.
That is the highest number of those surveyed since the virus first emerged in November.
The National Institutes of Health is stepping up funding for vaccines and has announced $1 billion to expand vaccines distribution, the largest single gift to date.
But other states are also struggling to fill their stockpiles of vaccines.
California, home to the largest number of health care workers, has seen its vaccines distribution increase significantly over the past year.
Meanwhile, Oregon has been trying to keep up with demand from the state’s healthcare workers.
There is no vaccine distribution center in the state, and some health care facilities have been forced to stop vaccinating patients.
The state is also facing a shortage in vaccine supply.
In the Northeast, New York City has had to shuttered its vaccine distribution centers.
At the same time, a report by Avalere said that the coronaviruses circulating in New York state could infect 1.7 million people by the end of this year.