Winter storms led to missed COVID-19 vaccine shipments, delayed shots

Vaccine Tourism
Posted at 5:39 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 18:43:20-05

Dearborn County canceled two days of planned COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Cincinnati Health Network expects the wait for more doses to last until at least Monday.

Winter storms across the United States prevented those shipments and over six million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from reaching their intended destinations this week, according to the White House.

Health workers in Cincinnati said Friday they’re hoping would-be recipients stay patient while they work to unsnarl their supply chain.

“The health care systems and public health essentially got very little vaccine, if any, this week,” said Dr. Steve Feagins, medical director for Hamilton County Public Health.

Only a few dodged the blow. St. Elizabeth Healthcare was among them.

“We were one of the few lucky ones that were able to receive their shipment,” said Angela Brunemann, director of ambulatory outpatient pharmacy for St. Elizabeth. “It was delayed by a couple of hours, but we received it on Tuesday, so we were very thankful for that just because it would've caused a lot of disruption to being able to vaccinate our patients."