Weather delays COVID vaccine shipments to Florida, Georgia

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 11:38:06-05

(WTXL) — Winter weather across the country is impacting shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine to Florida and Georgia.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update on the state's supply during a news conference Wednesday morning at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota.

While DeSantis said that the state has received the "vast majority" of their Pfizer shipment, they have not received the entire shipment of Moderna yet.

The governor said he's hopeful that supply, which typically arrives by Tuesday or Wednesday, will get to Florida by Thursday or Friday.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said Wednesday that they were told by the CDC that both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that normally would have arrived the first part of the week were held back by the manufacturers due to weather.

As a result of the delays, providers and health departments statewide are having to reschedule appointments for vaccination.

Rescheduling appointments will depend on when shipments resume and when the vaccine arrives in Georgia, with delays being expected to continue through the week, according to the GDPH.

The GDPH is asking the public to be patient as they wait for weather conditions to improve and vaccine shipments to resume, and said providers should contact you about rescheduling appointments.