Vaccine shipments delayed in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services was notified by the CDC on Thursday, that due to frigid winter conditions in Kentucky and Tennessee, vaccine shipments this week continued to be delayed.

“We ask that Michiganders confirm their appointments prior to traveling and to have patience as providers seek to reschedule any appointments,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Unfortunately, distribution of the vaccine in this circumstance is simply out of our control. Vaccine providers across the state are working hard to get 70% of Michiganders age 16 and older vaccinated with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible.”

Updates on COVID-19 vaccine shipments were provided by the CDC, stating:

  • Pfizer vaccines were not shipped out on Monday due to the passing storm, but a limited amount of shipments is being processed.
  • Moderna vaccines were not shipped from Monday through Wednesday as every aspect of the McKesson distribution center in Memphis was disrupted including air and ground transportation, as well as personnel.
    • The CDC is working with the center and their shipping partners to resume, anticipating a significant backlog of orders from a number of orders pulled back the week of February 15th.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services does not know if McKesson will ship any of the Moderna orders Thursday for delivery on Friday.

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