(WSYR-TV) — Snowstorms and bad weather are slowing the shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, delaying doses into Sunday. The severe winter weather that has hit a large part of the nation is delaying clinics in New York.
Every vial that should have shipped on Monday was held back and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines left shipping facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday. The New York State Department of Health says it’s working closely with all providers to minimize the impact on operations and reduce the number of rescheduled appointments.
Late Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered an update:
“We have now been informed that shipments of the Pfizer vaccine that should have been delivered already but were delayed due to weather are scheduled to arrive by Monday, and orders placed within the last 48 hours will be sent after, with expected arrival on Tuesday and Wednesday. Delayed shipments of the Moderna vaccine should arrive by the middle of next week, with orders placed within the last 48 hours expected to arrive next Thursday and Friday.”
The Tompkins County Health Department has already delayed this week’s clinic for this very reason. 1,100 doses were expected this week to vaccinate healthcare workers, grocery workers, P-12 school workers, and individuals who are over 65-years-old with underlying health conditions living at Titus Towers and McGraw House.
The health department says people who had appointments scheduled for this week’s clinic will get the vaccine. TCHD will reschedule with those individuals for a future date, once the vaccines arrive.
Cortland County also canceled its clinic scheduled for Saturday. It’s looking at scheduling a bigger event when the delayed vaccine arrives next week.
The Wayne County Health Department announced the postponement of its second dose vaccine clinic that was planned for Saturday. The county was supposed to receive 400 doses of the first round and several hundred for their second dose clinic.
The health department says a reminder email may have already been sent, but the clinic is definitely postponed. The Wayne County Health Department says it will reach out to individuals affected.
“Everyone who had an appointment on both of those clinics will still have an appointment and we will be notifying them next week when we reschedule the clinics, both of them, the first dose and the second dose, but we’re not going to do that until we have the vaccine in our building,” said Wayne County Public Health Director Diane Devlin.
Madison, Oneida, and Cayuga Counties also experienced delays in shipments, but for Cayuga County, they didn’t have to reschedule any appointments because they hadn’t scheduled any yet.
“We did have people waiting in anticipation to be able to schedule the appointment,” said Kathleen Cuddy, Cayuga County Public Health Director. “We had our site ready, but no one needed to be canceled.”
There is some good news for other vaccine clinics. Kinney Drugs has confirmed that all of its second-dose vaccine clinics scheduled for this weekend will go on as planned. There are four clinics happening over the weekend at four locations, including one at the Oncenter in Syracuse.