Winter weather delays vaccine deliveries

BATAVIA – The COVID-19 second dose vaccine clinic scheduled for today at Genesee Community will be rescheduled after weather-related delays of vaccine delivery.

Anyone with an appointment scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Feb. 19 will be contacted directly by email, if provided, or phone number to reschedule the appointment for next week.

Nearly all COVID-19 vaccine doses that were scheduled to be delivered between Feb. 12 and 21 were delayed due to winter storms affecting much of the country, according to a statement from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Every dose that should have shipped on Monday was held back, and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines left shipping facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday, Cuomo said in a statement issued Thursday night.

“This delay will undoubtedly pose a logistical challenge for New York — but as we have shown over the last 350-plus days, we are New York Tough, and we are up to the challenge,” Cuomo said. “The Department of Health is working closely with all providers, including local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies, and FQHCs to minimize the impact on their operations and reduce the number of appointments that must be rescheduled. The vaccine is the weapon that will win the war against COVID, and we will continue to work with our federal partners to expedite the delayed shipments and will keep New Yorkers updated over the coming days.”

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