Weather impacting shipments of COVID-19 vaccine to Florida

On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted about a tornado watch in Northwest Florida.

Today, the ongoing storms throughout the United States are affecting the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to a Desantis’ tweet on Tuesday, “Weather conditions across the United States are impacting the shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine to Florida.”

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Health Department, “Are providing regular updates to our partners to ensure the vaccine is distributed as efficiently as possible as it arrives,” DeSantis reported.

On Tuesday the Alachua County Health Department issued a statement that, “Due to the severe weather up north, the shipments of Moderna vaccine doses have been delayed.

“The second-dose event that was scheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 18, at Trinity United Methodist Church has been canceled.

According to the report, individuals that had confirmed appointments for this event will be rescheduled in the near future.

Publix also announced the cancellation of the Wednesday COVID-19 vaccine scheduling event.

According to a notice released by Publix, appointments scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday are not impacted by this change.

“We know how important administering this vaccine is, so we deeply regret the need to cancel Wednesday’s scheduling event. Once additional vaccine is received, we will announce the next opportunity for vaccine appointment scheduling,” Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous said.

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