The winter storm that has ravaged parts of the country has also delayed shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine to Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted Tuesday.
“Weather conditions across the United States are impacting the shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine to Florida,” DeSantis wrote today.
The governor added that Florida’s Division of Emergency Management and the Department of Health “are providing regular updates to our partners to ensure the vaccine is distributed as efficiently as possible as it arrives.”
Alex Shaw, the spokesperson for the Health Department for Palm Beach County, told CNN that they were expecting 4,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine today that have been delayed. Shaw did say that yesterday’s vaccine shipment arrived as expected.
Publix, the grocery store chain whose pharmacies have helped administer the vaccine, said that it has had to cancel scheduling new appointments on Wednesday.
“Due to weather-related issues preventing government delivery of allotted Covid-19 vaccine, Publix is canceling Wednesday’s scheduling event in Florida for COVID-19 vaccinations,” the company said in a statement today.
“Once additional vaccine is received, we will announce the next opportunity for vaccine appointment scheduling,” Maria Brous, a spokesperson for the grocery store chain, added in the statement.
Appointments already scheduled are not impacted, Publix added.
Other areas of the state have not been impacted. Jennifer Smith, a spokesperson for Broward Health, told CNN that there has been no delay in their vaccine shipments and the hospital system hasn’t had to cancel any appointments. Broward Health is a public, non-profit hospital system in Broward County.
“We continue to vaccinate over 1,000 community members daily,” Smith said in an email to CNN.