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February 18, 2021

Jackson, Mississippi on February 15th.  AP Photo by Rogelio V. Solis.

Jackson, Mississippi on February 15th. AP Photo by Rogelio V. Solis.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As though obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine isn’t difficult enough right now, that task has just been made even tougher by the cold weather overtaking many areas of the country, which is delaying the vaccine deliveries.

Today the County announced these delays will impact vaccine appointments for tomorrow and likely into the weekend. The update continues:  “Vaccine providers will reach out to reschedule appointments. If your second dose appointment is cancelled, make sure to reschedule with the same provider as your first dose appointment.

Most vaccine supply expected this week was scheduled to fulfill second dose appointments. You should get the second dose as close to the recommended 21-28 day timeframe as possible, but you can still receive a second dose of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.”  See information below regarding the impact on the Kent and Auburn Community vaccination sites.

Yesterday the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) told CBS News “…it expects the severe winter weather to cause widespread delays in vaccine shipments over the next few days.”

For more on this development, see these articles:

- Some 90% of vaccine shipments to Washington are delayed this week, state saysThe Seattle Times

- Coronavirus vaccine shipments face ‘widespread delays’ because of winter stormThe Washington Post

- Mass. National Guard may help transport COVID vaccines delayed by weatherCBS, Boston

- Here's how long you can wait for a second Covid-19 vaccine dose if the winter storms delay it - CNN

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.