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Winter weather delays vaccine shipments to St. Louis Co., forces clinic cancellations

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DULUTH, MN -- St. Louis County Public Health is being forced to cancel several COVID-19 vaccine clinics as bad weather in the southern part of the country delayed shipments.

According to county spokespeople, three clinics scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday were canceled.

The cancellation affects several hundred people who'd been scheduled to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, according to the county.

Impacted patients received an email notifying them of the cancellation and will get a follow up email for re-scheduling once the county receives confirmation that doses are being delivered.

The county has been advised to expect a one to two-day delay in shipments this week.

"Vaccine clinics scheduled for later in the week will hopefully be able to proceed as scheduled," according to county spokespeople. "People who have not received an email announcing a cancellation can assume their appointment is still happening. At this point, no clinics involving second doses have been affected."

St. Louis County Public Health is adjusting staffing to expand availability later in the week once doses arrive.

Because of the continued limited availability of the vaccine, Public Health is focusing its efforts on those in the Priority 1a group, along with teachers and licensed childcare providers. People 65 and older are not currently eligible for St. Louis County Public Health vaccine appointments.

Eligible recipients will be contacted through their employer or directly by Public Health.

No walk-in appointments are available, and people should not call the clinic locations to try and make an appointment.

Briggs LeSavage

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