UPDATE: Some health departments adjust COVID vaccine appointments due to weather delays, Menasha clinic back on
MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) - Weather has delayed the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, and some local health departments are having to adjust appointments and scheduling.
Vaccine distributor McKesson goes through transportation hubs in Louisville, Kentucky, and Memphis. These areas were hit by winter storms.
Previously, the Menasha Health Department had announced Saturday they were postponing the clinic scheduled for Feb. 23-24, adding those who signed up would receive a phone call to reschedule appointments to the following week.
However, just after 6 p.m. Monday, the Menasha Health Department announced the vaccination clinic scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24 at Menasha City Center will go on as previously scheduled.
According to health department officials, they were notified late Sunday that vaccines and supplies may be delivered on Monday, February 22nd.
After verifying that the vaccine was received, the health department says city staff quickly moved to confirm appointments, adding that all appointments are full.
Remaining appointments for the week of March 1 will be opened to eligible groups.
The health department says the Wisconsin Department of Health Services had notified vaccinators that they should not expect to receive vaccines until later this week.
Severe weather has “significantly impacted” transportation of the supplies, according to the health department.
“Here we were vaccinating in 25, 30 below wind chill and then milder weather hit and yet we’re impacted because of the infrastructure with FedEx,” said Appleton Public Health Officer Kurt Eggebrecht.
In Appleton, the Fox Cities Exhibition Center clinic will not offer first-dose appointments this week. Second doses will go on as scheduled for people who got their first dose between Feb. 2-4. Organizers are emailing reminders to those who are up for their second dose.
“It’s disappointing for us because we clearly want to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible,” said Eggebrecht. “That’s just the way this year is going, although it’s a disappointment for us and those waiting to be vaccinated, I’m sure we can catch up again in the coming weeks.”
In the meantime, he encourages people to be patient.
”We’re as anxious to vaccinate as people are wanting to get it and we just need to be patient and know that when you’re turn comes we really want you to participate,” said Eggebrecht.
In Calumet County, scheduling for vaccines will be available Wednesday and Friday this week. That’s also due to the delay in shipments.
Starting March 1, more Wisconsin residents will be eligible to receive the vaccine. That includes people in education, the food supply chain and congregate living. CLICK HERE for the full list of newly eligible groups.
GUIDE TO COVID VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: https://www.wbay.com/2021/01/25/guide-to-making-an-appointment-for-covid-19-vaccine/
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