Media update on weather-related impacts on vaccine distribution this week
February 19, 2021
As noted on this week’s MDH media calls, severe winter weather in other parts of the country has delayed the federal government’s ability to ship at least part of this week’s COVID-19 vaccine doses to Minnesota.
MDH officials are in close contact with the CDC and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We are also communicating with Minnesota provider partners and are updating them as soon as possible with new information, including shipping details and tracking information for doses that can leave warehouses.
As a result of the delay, the State of Minnesota has had to postpone appointments at two community vaccination locations for February 18 and six locations for February 19. Additional shipping delays could cause significant operational challenges for both the state sites and for other providers. We will stay in close touch with Minnesotans about their appointments and rescheduling.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will get these doses to Minnesotans as soon as possible once the vaccine arrives in Minnesota.