CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Winter weather has forced several counties across our area to close clinics and reschedule vaccination appointments.
It’s because of heavy snow impacting two of the main FedEx and UPS shipping hubs in Memphis and Louisville. Some states like Texas, which are experiencing record freezing temperatures, are also concerned about power outages affecting their ability to keep vaccines cold.
North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services was notified by the federal government about continued delays in shipments and deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccines. They were told that both first and second dose shipments have been impacted, but said that there is less of an impact to second doses because some were received at the end of last week. DHHS is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize the delays, according to a news release.
A limited number of Pfizer vaccines have shipped, but Moderna vaccines have not been shipped this week. DHHS is advising providers to assess current appointments and notify patients if there aren’t enough on-hand supplies to honor the original appointment time. DHHS and providers will work to track shipments so that any appointments can be rescheduled as necessary.
Leaders told Channel 9′s Tina Terry that plans for vaccinating teachers and school staff in Group 3 next week should not be impacted.
“I and governors and a lot of other states are very frustrated about the weather delays for the vaccine vaccines that are coming into our state. I don’t think the delays will be so much that it would affect anything in our stages,” Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news conference on Thursday.
Mecklenburg County said it emailed and texted about 800 people telling them their vaccine appointments would be rescheduled for next week.
Channel 9 has compiled a list to keep you updated on when you can show up to get your shot if your appointment has been postponed.
The Alexander County Health Department announced Wednesday that no first-dose vaccines were received this week due to weather-related issues nationally. Therefore, patients who were scheduled to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this Thursday and Friday will be vaccinated next Thursday (Feb. 25) and Friday (Feb. 26).
The county said staff is attempting to contact everyone impacted by the change.
Due to the forecast of wintry weather on Thursday, all second-dose appointments will be done on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium at East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
The county said it’s scheduled to receive 500 first doses next week, along with the 300 doses that were scheduled for this week, for a total of 800 first doses.
The health department continues to schedule appointments for health care workers and those ages 65+. If you are in these categories, you can submit your contact information on the hotline at 828-352-7724 or online.
Avery County posted on its website Wednesday that 2nd dose vaccines for Thursday have been canceled due to inclement weather. The county said it plans to reopen the 2nd dose clinic on Friday. County health officials are asking residents to show up to get their 2nd dose between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you cannot attend the 2nd dose clinic on Friday, please call the vaccine call center for a new appointment at 828-733-8273.
Appointments for the 1st dose are required. State-allotted 1st dose COVID-19 vaccines are not available for the week of Feb. 15 through Feb. 20. Those have been rescheduled to Feb. 26.
The county asks that residents call the vaccine line at 828-733-8273 on Feb. 22nd to schedule an appointment for the next state allotment of 1st doses.
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge in Morganton said it found out late Tuesday evening that COVID-19 vaccine shipments are delayed because of winter storms across much of the country. The delay affects the clinic scheduled for Thursday.
Anyone scheduled to get their first dose vaccine on Thursday has been rescheduled at the same time on Feb. 26 at Freedom High School.
The clinic on Friday for second dose vaccines has not been affected.
Gaston County officials said Tuesday that the county’s shipment of Moderna vaccine for this week has not yet arrived due to weather delays, forcing them to reschedule Wednesday’s planned vaccination event.
All 1,200 people who were scheduled to receive their first shots Wednesday will be rescheduled to Feb. 26. All appointment times will remain the same and the vaccines will still be administered at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market.
Each person on the list to get a vaccine on Wednesday is being notified of the change through the Everbridge system through either email, text or recorded phone call.
County health officials said the vaccine shipping delays will not affect the county’s 2nd dose clinic, scheduled for Friday at the Gastonia Farmer’s Market.
Iredell County announced Friday that the county’s next COVID-19 vaccine clinic, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22 at Hebron Baptist Church in Statesville, has been canceled due to vaccine shipment delay. The rescheduled date will be posted here shortly.
Mecklenburg County said Wednesday that due to forecasted inclement weather on Thursday, the health department has canceled all first and second dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled through Public Health and StarMed.
According to county health officials, inclement weather has also delayed COVID-19 vaccine shipments. The county said it doesn’t know when the shipments will arrive, so it has postponed some appointments and events until they do.
Patients with appointments scheduled for Thursday do not need to call Public Health or StarMed. If your appointment is impacted, county health officials said they will reach out to you directly. New appointments are guaranteed and will be provided.
For more information, check the county’s website.
The Rowan County Health Department announced Wednesday that appointment slots for the county’s first dose vaccine clinic on Thursday at West End Plaza have been postponed to Feb. 23. County health officials said the change is due to unforeseen weather events that may cause a delay in the shipment of vaccine and the possible chance for icy weather in Rowan County on Thursday morning.
With the postponement, however, please know that you will keep your same appointment time for Feb. 23 that you had for Feb. 18. If this time no longer works for you, you will need to go online or call 980-432-1800 to make a change to your appointment.
The Stanly County Department of Public Health said Wednesday that all vaccine appointments for Thursday and Friday have been postponed to the following Thursday (Feb. 25) and Friday (Feb. 26) due to inclement weather. The county said its vaccine shipment was delayed due to winter weather across several states.
For more information, check the health department website for updates.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Tuesday that it has notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers in the state that winter weather conditions in Memphis and Louisville again this week may delay vaccine shipments coming to South Carolina and other southeastern states.
Delays were expected to occur Wednesday.
The department said hospitals and other facilities that receive vaccine shipments directly from the federal government should frequently check the tracking numbers provided to them for their weekly shipments.
For more information, check the department’s website.
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday reported 3,916 new COVID-19 cases in the state. That’s an increase from days prior but more tests were also recorded -- more than 47,000 in the last day.
1,892 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state. 214 confirmed COVID-19 patients were admitted in the last 24 hours.
The percent of positive tests is at 6.2 percent -- nearing the goal of 5%.
Mecklenburg County is among the last in the state when it comes to the vaccination rate, which is just over 8%. The county has given out 91,000 first doses.
Wake County has about the same population and gave out 122,000.
The health director said clinics in Mecklenburg County have been drawing in people from outside the county, including South Carolina.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the state will give providers freedom to block people from out of state, which includes people who live, work or spend significant time in North Carolina.
“We have provided that guidance to providers that they can do a little more to focus mostly on North Carolinians,” Cooper said.
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