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LA Postpones Some Vaccine Appointments After Winter Storms Delay Shipments

Dodger Stadium is one of the city's large scale vaccination sites. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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The city of L.A. is postponing all appointments tomorrow (Feb. 19) at their large-scale vaccination sites because of delivery delays caused by winter storms around the country.

City officials say 26,000 doses that were set to arrive Tuesday are got stuck in Kentucky... and another 37,000 that were supposed to arrive next week are held up in Tennessee. Both shipments are grounded by canceled flights and icy roads.

The city estimates about 12,500 people are affected by Friday's cancellations – they'll get a text, email, or phone call notifying them of the postponement, and they'll be prioritized to reschedule when doses arrive.

City officials are also monitoring whether or not they'll need to postpone Saturday's appointments as well.

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“We are collaborating closely with the City of Los Angeles to ensure the vaccination distribution process is as smooth as possible," said, Dr. Sujal Mandavia, Chief Medical Officer of Carbon Health, in a press release. "Second dose appointments will be prioritized, and it is our intent to administer those second doses within the CDC-recommended timeframe of 42 days after the first dose."

Vaccinations from the city's mobile clinics will continue uninterrupted, officials say. The shipment delays only affect the large city vaccination sites.

Orange County is also experiencing delays; officials there are closing Disneyland's vaccination site until Tuesday of next week.


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