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Vaccine shipments delayed due to winter weather across country

A recording of the full call can be found here:

Remarks from Janet Hill, chief operating officer, Rock Island County Health Department

Winter keeps giving us the one-two punch.

First, because of persistently cold weather, the next three Rock Island County Health Department mass vaccination clinics will be held at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. Those dates are Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9. We will reevaluate weather forecasts and site availably closer to the March 16 clinic and make a location announcement. We remain grateful to both the TaxSlayer Center and the Greater Quad City Auto Auction for graciously sharing their facilities for this historic vaccination effort.

The other punch comes from vaccine shipments being delayed because of record cold temperatures and snowstorms hitting the southern and eastern parts of the United States. Vaccines coming to Rock Island County are routed through UPS shipping hubs in Louisville, Dallas, Philadelphia and the Chicago area, all places dealing with winter’s wrath this week.

Without a vaccine shipping arriving this week, we are unable to hold as large a clinic as we had been. For Tuesday, we have cobbled together about 200 doses, some of which are going to people who signed up through our partnership with Alternatives for the Older Adult. If we get another shipment before Monday, we will add slots to the Feb. 23 clinic.

In the meantime, please know that we understand your frustration. We are frustrated, too. We along with our healthcare and pharmacy partners want to vaccinate everyone who wants it. This is how we will get to the other side of the pandemic. But right now, vaccine supply remains scarce, with or without a winter storm. Please continue to be patient, wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.

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