WATAUGA — AppHealthCare is experiencing shipment delays for 3,125 vaccines due to winter weather around the country.
Because of the weather, 2,925 Pfizer vaccines and 200 Moderna vaccine shipments set for Watauga County are delayed. Because of the delays, AppHealthCare is rescheduling appointments for individuals who had vaccine appointments the week of Feb. 17.
“We apologize for the inconvenience this causes for those whose appointment has been rescheduled," said Jennifer Greene, AppHealthCare health director. "We don’t like to reschedule appointments because we know how eager everyone is to receive their vaccine, but unfortunately this situation is out of our control due to weather and shipping delays. We hope to receive vaccines soon and will work diligently and efficiently to get shots in arms."
As of Feb. 12, nearly 7,350 people in Watauga County are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to AppHealthCare.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Watauga County has administered 6,604 first dose vaccines and 3,650 second dose vaccines.
NCDHHS announced Feb. 18 that it was notified by the federal government of continued delays in some shipments and deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine this week due to severe weather. Both first and second dose shipments have been impacted. The department is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and vaccine providers to help minimize the potential effects of these delays.
At this time, Moderna vaccines have not been shipped this week and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccines have been shipped. Both Pfizer and Moderna have a backlog of orders due to weather, according to NCDHHS.
These delays may cause vaccination appointments to be postponed or rescheduled. As there is not enough vaccine in the state to shift or transfer supply in order to cover the delayed vaccine doses, NCDHHS is advising providers to assess current appointments and notify recipients accordingly based on on-hand supplies.