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  • Delivery delays cause temporary postponement of some COVID-19 vaccine appointments

    Feb 17, 2021 | Read More News
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    COVID VaccinationAs a result of weather-related shipping issues, some Pima County COVID-19 vaccination sites will be temporarily postponing a limited number of appointments due to a lack of vaccine. Approximately 2,800 appointments could be postponed between now and Saturday if new supplies do not arrive in the next few days.

    Since the weekend, Pima County and other public health agencies throughout the state have been planning for the possibility of winter storms across the U.S. affecting vaccine shipping routes destined for Arizona. The impact of these delays is expected to be short-term, and locations will be able to return to normal operations as soon more vaccine arrives.

    The only appointments that could be affected are those scheduled at:
    • Tucson Medical Center, beginning Feb. 18, for some second dose appointments;
    • Tucson Convention Center, beginning Feb. 19;
    • Banner South, beginning Feb. 19.
    Patients with appointments that may be postponed at the Banner South (Kino) location will be contacted directly by Banner Health. Patients with possibly postponed appointments at Tucson Convention Center or Tucson Medical Center will be contacted by Tucson Medical Center. Appointments at all three sites will be rescheduled for a new time as soon as possible. No patients affected by this delay will lose their spot in line.

    Appointments that are not scheduled for these dates and locations are not currently impacted and patients do not need to do anything. If you are not contacted by the provider that your appointment is scheduled with, there is no need to contact the County or vaccine providers to check on your appointment.

    “We have been assured by our state partners that this vaccine is on its way,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, Director of the Health Department. “We have been making great strides and have delivered over 200,000 doses in just the past two months. Our City of Tucson, TMC, Banner Health, and all our other partners have been amazing in the face of this new challenge, but we are continuing in the right direction.”

    The state has encouraged counties to avoid keeping large amounts of vaccine unused, leaving slim margins of reserve in cases where deliveries are not made on time. The current supply system in Pima County is set up to move vaccine from shipment to arms in a matter of a couple days at most.

    “This situation demonstrates the nimbleness and efficiency of the county’s operations with its partners, as well as our capacity to provide even more vaccine in Pima County,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, Pima County Chief Medical Officer. “By design, there is not vaccine sitting around on a shelf somewhere. Once these delays are overcome, we will be able to get back to full speed very quickly.”

    If more dates or locations will be impacted, that information will be shared immediately.

    For the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations in Pima County, visit www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine.