| Naples Daily News
Bad weather delayed a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Southwest Florida , according to the state Department of Health in Collier County.
As a result of delivery being held up, no new appointments for first doses are being offered this week in Collier County, said Kristine Hollingsworth, spokeswoman for the health department.
“We are hopeful we will get a delayed package,” she said.
The Weather Channel reports brutal winter conditions in many states, from Oregon to Oklahoma to Texas to Virginia, has caused hold ups or cancellations of vaccine clinics.
The Collier health department does have vaccines for people 65 and older who are scheduled this week for their second doses, she said.
Hollingsworth said the state was notified last Friday or Saturday that bad weather around the country had held up delivery and it was statewide to all of Florida, at least for the early part of this week.
“We have no vaccine for first doses,” Hollingsworth said.
Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, confirmed the weather would delay the Monday-Tuesday shipment of vaccines, but it was unclear how many dosages would be delayed.
The Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for information.
The severe winter weather has sparked emergency declarations in at least seven states, including Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas.
The storm is so massive that a 2,000-mile trip from the Rio Grande River along the Texas border to the St. Lawrence River along the Canadian border would be entirely in winter storm warnings or watches.
Flights into and out of airports in Houston, Baton Rouge, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare International and several other airports have been halted or delayed.
Betsy Clayton, spokeswoman for Lee County government, which works with the health department in Lee, said in an email she was not aware of any logistical issues for vaccine.
Clayton said the health department remains scheduled to give 3,000 first doses to seniors Wednesday at the vaccination site at the old terminal building of Southwest Florida International Airport, 16000 Chamberlin Parkway.
James Call of the Tallahassee Democrat contributed to this report.