Sunday COVID-19 vaccine appointments at DECC postponed due to vaccine shortage

Sunday COVID-19 vaccine appointments at DECC postponed due to vaccine shortage Photo: WDIO-TV/File

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Updated: February 20, 2021 06:55 PM
Created: February 20, 2021 05:42 PM

A shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses caused by severe weather in parts of the country is forcing officials to postpone appointments at the DECC on Sunday.

"Severe winter weather in other parts of the country has delayed the federal government’s ability to ship at least part of this week’s COVID-19 vaccine doses to Minnesota," Minnesota Department of Health Public Information Officer Jesse Stock sent in an emailed statement.

The State of Minnesota also had to postpone appointments at the Minneapolis Convention Center site on Saturday and the Mayo Civic Center on Sunday.

Stock says as of Friday afternoon all impacted patients have been notified about the postponements via text, email or landline if necessary.

"Additional shipping delays could cause significant operational challenges for both the state sites and for other providers. We will stay in close touch with Minnesotans about their appointments and rescheduling," Stock said in the statement. "We continue to closely monitor the situation and will get these doses to Minnesotans as soon as possible once the vaccine arrives in Minnesota," he added.

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