San Diego County expects delayed vaccine shipments by end of next week

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 20:43:40-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County public health officials said Friday that they expect all delayed shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to arrive by the end of next week.

The updated timeline comes after the federal government said Friday that it's ramping up efforts to get all delayed doses to their destinations by the end of next week.

County public health officials say the region's infrastructure is prepared to administer however many doses arrive.

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"We have the mechanism in place to be able to administer all the doses we get in San Diego County," said Wilma Wooten, county public health officer. "In the meantime, we’re asking San Diegans to be patient. As the delayed doses arrive, we will administer them to everyone who has an appointment and release new time slots."

This week's winter weather that has impacted most of the country has delayed vaccine shipments from Moderna and Pfizer around the U.S.

In San Diego County, appointments at the Petco Park super station were rescheduled Friday and Saturday, and the site may remain closed Sunday and Monday depending on vaccine arrivals. People who had appointments on those days will be emailed rescheduling information.

The county's POD sites and super station in San Marcos are only offering second doses and previously scheduled appointments for first doses were automatically rescheduled.