The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that shipments of COVID-19 vaccines have been delayed by severe weather across the United States.
According to DHHS, the federal government contacted the state to notify them of delays impacting the delivery of first and second doses from hubs in Memphis, Tennessee, and Louisville, Kentucky. State health officials are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize the potential effects of the delays. Several providers in Charlotte and the surrounding area began rescheduling appointments this week due to limited supplies and inclement weather.
Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the state’s coronavirus task force will hold a press briefing at 2 p.m. Thursday to update the status of vaccines in North Carolina. Cooper will also address the winter storm that impacted most of the state Thursday with freezing rain and ice. Cooper declared a State of Emergency Wednesday, mobilizing 40 National Guard personnel to help with storm cleanup as needed.
As of Thursday morning, DHHS said Moderna vaccines have not been shipped and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines were shipped. Both suppliers are experiencing a backlog of orders due to the weather.
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