Winter weather in the South delays COVID-19 vaccines to Michigan

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    Due to winter storms in southern states, Michigan is going to see a delay in vaccine shipments, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    “We ask that Michiganders confirm their appointments prior to traveling and to have patience as providers seek to reschedule any appointments,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Unfortunately, distribution of the vaccine in this circumstance is simply out of our control. Vaccine providers across the state are working hard to get 70% of Michiganders age 16 and older vaccinated with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible.”

    The unusual winter weather in Kentucky and Tennessee have complicated distribution for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 

    Pfizer vaccines were not shipped out on Monday due to weather conditions and only a limited number of Pfizer vaccine shipments are being processed this week.

    Due to severe weather in Memphis, where the McKesson distribution center is, every aspect of distribution was impacted including air and ground transport, as well as work force, including personnel for packing and sorting vaccines. Moderna vaccines were not shipped on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. 

    DHHS said in a press release that they do not know if McKesson will ship any Moderna orders Friday for a Saturday delivery.                                                                       

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.