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Winter storms lead to temporary COVID-19 vaccine shortages in Utah

Posted at 9:44 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 11:44:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Winter storms across the country are taking a toll in the fight against COVID-19, including in Utah.

Some vaccine sites have been forced to close temporarily as the federal government warns of more widespread delays. The vaccines were shipped from out of state and inclement weather delayed the delivery.

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The Weber-Morgan Health Department is shifting all of its vaccination appointments scheduled for Thursday to Monday, February 22. The rescheduling affects nearly 700 people.

Appointments will be at the same time and location. Those with appointments should expect an email or phone call about the change.

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The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has similar problems.

“Due to severe weather that has delayed vaccine shipments to Utah, our St. George COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, February 18th HAS BEEN CANCELLED,“ a Facebook post from SWUPHD says. “If you had an appointment for [Thursday’s] clinic, you should receive an email today with information on when you can get vaccinated next week. The schedule is also listed in the press release below. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

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Anyone scheduled for vaccinations via SWUPHD in St. George will be contacted with a new date between February 23-27. See the schedule below.

Winter weather also caused delays and cancellations at some of Utah's rapid COVID-19 testing locations Wednesday. Some testing sites in Davis, Salt Lake and Sevier counties had to close.