Weather delays force vaccine clinic postponements

Packaging of coronavirus vaccine for shipment is seen in a photo supplied by the Defense Logistics Agency

By WPRO News

Weather delays in shipping COVID vaccine has forced at least three local clinics scheduled for Tuesday to be postponed, and could affect other clinics scheduled later this week, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The Department of Health announced the delays in a statement late Monday afternoon:

As a result of severe weather that has affected distribution nationwide, certain COVID-19 vaccination appointments scheduled for 2/23 are getting rescheduled. A shipment of approximately 12,400 doses of Moderna vaccine to Rhode Island did not arrive today. The community clinics scheduled for tomorrow at the Cranston Senior Center, the Swift Community Center (in East Greenwich), and the West Warwick Civic Center are affected by this delay and are being rescheduled. People who had appointments will be contacted directly by clinic organizers.

This shipping delay could have additional impacts on some clinics currently scheduled for Wednesday. The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) will make an announcement on Tuesday about any impacts on Wednesday clinics.