Tennessee winter storm affecting COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Colorado

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 12:19:07-05

DENVER — Winter storms in Tennessee are disrupting the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado, health officials said Tuesday.

A Tennessee distribution hub has delayed shipments of the vaccine to several states, including Colorado’s allocation of 133,000 vaccines that were expected to arrive this week, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The agency said it’s working with health care providers and public health agencies across the state to make adjustments over the coming days to make sure appointments and clinics do not need to be canceled.

The CDPHE said it had already received 73,330 doses this week and was expecting 133,160 more doses to arrive by Friday.

“The weather is currently impacting shipments from both vaccine manufacturers (Moderna and Pfizer), but we are hopeful operations return to normal within the next 24 hours. We received confirmation that 44,850 doses of Pfizer did ship today, and some providers may receive shipments tomorrow,” the department said in an email.

Officials said they expect more information about when the state will receive the vaccine as the weather clears and shipping operations resume.

The delay is hampering vaccination efforts in other parts of the country, forcing cancellation of some mass inoculation events.