Why booking a vaccine appointment in SF Bay Area this week could be futile – SF Gate

California’s vaccine efforts slowed — even came to a halt in some locations — last week, as vaccine centers shuttered and appointments were delayed because of winter storms in other parts of the country hindering shipment doses.

While vaccine sites are reopening, getting an appointment this week could be tough as counties and health care providers catch up from last week.

“Obviously the impacts of this extreme weather have had an impact here in the state of California, as it relates to our supply,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a Sunday press conference, KTVU reported.

Many of the vaccine sites across the Bay Area temporarily closed last week, including Moscone Center and City College of San Francisco.

Moscone Center won’t be reopening until Thursday at 11 a.m. and will resume normal daily hours Friday, with appointment slots opening up at 8 a.m. The site was originally supposed to open today, but the city was forced to push it back a few days as supply remains low.

Sonoma County said its shipment of 5,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine that were expected last week was delayed by the Midwest storm.

“We are now expecting it to arrive today,” Matt Brown, a spokesperson for the county, wrote in an email. “As a result of the delay, three clinics over the weekend or today had to reschedule about 1,500 total appointments.”

Napa County is in a similar situation, and 2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine scheduled to arrive last week never made it.

“Our call center reached out via phone and email to reschedule between 860 and 900 second appointments that were supposed to take place today and tomorrow,” Janet Upton, a spokesperon for Napa County said. “They have all been rescheduled to this Thursday and Friday. We should know today or tomorrow if they are going to arrive this week or not.”

Santa Clara County said that while a number of Moderna doses destined for the county were delayed due to weather, the county was able to facilitate existing appointments with vaccine on hand.

“The delays have not had a significant effect on vaccination distribution thus far,” the county said in a statement. “Continued delays could result in cancelled appointments.”

Health care providers were also impacted by shipment delays, and Sutter Health said it did not receive already allocated doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that were en route to California.

“Because of this delay, we are in the process of rescheduling Moderna second-dose vaccine appointments for some patients,” Monique Binkley Smith, a spokesperson for Sutter, wrote in an email. “Additionally, due to ongoing supply issues from the state, our capacity to schedule new vaccination [appointments] is constrained. At this time Sutter Health has paused scheduling new first dose appointments for COVID-19 vaccination due to a lack of vaccine supply. As soon as more vaccine is made available to us, we will reopen appointments.”

SFGATE reached out to all nine Bay Area counties for this story and will continue to add updates as we hear back.

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