Vaccine shipments to Central Texas providers delayed; appointments in Travis, Williamson, Hays counties postponed

Photo of a Moderna vaccine vial on a counter
The Texas Department of State Health Services has delayed most shipments of COVID-19 vaccines during the week of Feb. 15. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of State Health Services has delayed most shipments of COVID-19 vaccines during the week of Feb. 15. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Texas Department of State Health Services has delayed coronavirus shipments to most providers throughout Texas during the week of Feb. 15 due to severe weather and icy road conditions. DSHS said on Feb. 16 that doses would be delivered to providers no sooner than Feb. 17.

An update from DSHS on Feb. 17 said that shipments of the Pfizer vaccine to eight providers in North Texas had gone out, with arrival depending on safe road conditions. All shipments of Moderna doses continue to be delayed, however—including 12,000 doses scheduled to go to Austin Public Health in Travis County. A representative from APH told Community Impact Newspaper that it had not yet received this week's shipment at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17 and did not offer an expected date for the doses to come in.

"We were expecting to see our weekly shipment of 12K this week but were told to expect delays," an APH representative said.

APH has already delayed some vaccination appointments, beginning Feb. 13, and has announced that APH representatives will reach out to reschedule those appointments when weather and power conditions permit.

Williamson and Hays county providers have also postponed appointments as they await 9,700 doses and 4,650 initial doses of the vaccine, respectively. Hays County has rescheduled all second dose vaccine appointments set with the county for Feb. 19 at San Marcos High School or Feb. 18 at Live Oak Academy High School. First dose appointments have also been postponed. Williamson County's regional vaccination hub provider, Family Hospital Systems, has rescheduled vaccination clinics planned for Feb. 16-18 for Feb. 19 and 20 at Kelly Athletic Complex.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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