Extreme Weather Causing Vaccine Delays

Illinois proactively orders vaccine in effort to reduce delay

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The federal government has notified all states of COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country due to adverse weather and road conditions. To help offset delayed vaccine deliveries, the State of Illinois has proactively ordered vaccine to be delivered to its Strategic National Stockpile Receipt, Store, and Stage site and will distribute that vaccine to many providers around the state today and tomorrow, as weather permits, to continue to support vaccination operations.

Extreme weather conditions nationwide have impacted vaccine delivery.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) are projecting adverse weather impacts to operations at its partner and carrier facilities where vaccines and ancillary supply kits originate. HHS/OWS have advised that many regularly projected deliveries for Tuesday will be significantly impacted by adverse weather occurring across the U.S.  These impacts could continue throughout the week and could be affected by additional adverse weather projected later in the week.

Other areas of the country where distribution hubs are located are experiencing delays due to weather. 

Representatives from the State of Illinois have stated that they plan to communicate updated delivery information to providers through the state’s electronic notification system.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder of the Local Newsreader. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and their two wild beasts.

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