Winter climate sparking main delay in Moderna vaccine distribution

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YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Weather delays continue to play a huge role in getting the vaccine to the state of Arizona and Yuma County.

The county was scheduled to receive 6,200 Moderna vaccines this week, but that wasn’t because of the winter storms in the Midwest and Northeast.

Appointments at many vaccination sites had to be postponed.

At the Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) vaccine site, nearly 1,500 people were treated with a vaccine this week.

The hospital says you won’t lose your appointment time, but there will be a delay. This means that the day you received this vaccine has changed.

Kristina McNair has worked at the YRMC vaccination center since its introduction.

“We stopped planning as soon as we knew that there could be problems with receiving this program on time, as all of these dates have been postponed to next week. So if you had an appointment at 10am on Thursday, your appointment will now be 10am next Thursday, ”McNair explained.

According to the Arizona Department of Health (ADHD), if counties or providers haven’t received their next shipments, they will most likely get both those shipments and next week’s shipments together.

Yuma County is still vaccinating residents in prioritized Phase 1B. The delay in vaccine distribution has eased as the county moves into the next phase.

Tonight at 10 a.m. on CBS 13 – We’re hearing from the county about the next steps after a full week of no vaccine distribution.

Arizona Coronavirus / Yuma County Coronavirus

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