Winter Weather Causes Delay In COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments In N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina health officials say there continues to be a delay in some shipments and deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine due to severe winter weather this week.

Officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) say the federal government notified them of the continued delay on February 18th.

Officials say the Moderna vaccines have not been shipped this week and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines have been shipped.

Both vaccines have a backlog of orders due to the weather, and this shipment delay may cause vaccination appointments to be postponed or rescheduled until there is enough supply, according to a news release.

Health officials say currently there is not enough vaccine in the state to transfer any supply to cover the delayed vaccine doses.

NCDHHS officials say they have advised providers to anticipate ongoing updates throughout the week as the CDC and Operation Warp Speed continue to watch the weather and monitor vaccine shipments.

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