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Weather delays vaccine delivery to Arizona, forces cancellations

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PHOENIX — Extreme winter weather impacting much of the country has delayed this week’s COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Tuesday night.

The delay in COVID-19 vaccine shipments has resulted in some local health departments being forced to cancel appointments over the next two days, according to the state health department.

However, officials said there appears to be enough of the Pfizer vaccine for the three state-run vaccination sites and other sites using it to continue operations without interruption.

The Maricopa County Department of Health told KTAR News 92.3 FM it is not canceling appointments but will continue to evaluate supply through Wednesday and coordinate with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The state health department said it is in regular contact with federal and local partners to monitor the situation.

The amount of vaccine ordered statewide is 1,395,300 as of the update on Tuesday, with 79% utilized.

Over 1.2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered across the state.

President Joe Biden’s administration said delays in vaccine shipments and deliveries were likely due to the winter storm that has left millions without power in record-breaking cold weather while overwhelming power grids and immobilizing the Southern Plains.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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