Raleigh, N.C. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told state health officials that winter storms across the U.S. will likely delay North Carolina’s weekly shipment of coronavirus vaccine.
Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services said they are working with vaccination providers to minimize the disruption.
Halifax County officials said they were canceling vaccination appointments on Wednesday because they haven’t received doses to give any shots.
“As soon as we receive vaccine, we will allow all who were scheduled to be prioritized for the first possible vaccination date. At present time, we do not know when we might receive vaccine,” Halifax County officials said in a statement.
Fort Bragg officials also halted planned vaccinations on Wednesday because no vaccine was available there either.
The impact on Wake County’s planned drive-thru vaccination clinics at PNC Arena in Raleigh wasn’t immediately known.
The clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, when 4,300 shots are set to be administered. Officials said 3,325 doses will come from the county health department’s weekly allotment, with the other 975 coming from WakeMed’s allotment.
The shots will be administered by appointment only, and county officials were contacting people on the vaccination waiting list to assign them appointment times.
More than 2,000 people were inoculated against coronavirus at clinics outside PNC Arena last Thursday and Saturday.
More than 1.8 million vaccinations have been administered in North Carolina since mid-December, according to DHHS. That means 12 percent of all North Carolinians have received at least one of the two required doses, and 5.4 percent are fully vaccinated.
Winter weather to disrupt NC’s weekly vaccine shipment – WRAL.com