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Weather delayed vaccine shipment now on ground in Pima County

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TUCSON (KVOA) - According to Pima County health officials, thousands of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that were delayed due to weather issues across the country last week are now on the ground Tuesday at county vaccination sites.

"Yes, the weather-affected doses appear to be on the ground and are getting into people's arms," Pima County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia said. "But, we are still experiencing a little bit of a delay in those other doses. What that means is that we continue to mostly concentrate on second dose administration."

Pima County was allocated more than 17,000 Moderna doses for the week of Feb. 22.

Pima County Supervisor and emergency room doctor, Matt Heinz, tells News 4 Tucson the county will make up for postponed appointments impacted by the weather delay.

"We should be able to address every single one of those folks that had a delay from last week by Friday this week," Heinz said. "The good thing about Pima County vaccine infrastructure is there is capacity to do 8 to 9,000 doses per day and we've been doing far less than that because we just haven't had the supply."

Heinz hopes vaccine supply starts to become more stable.

"I'm hopeful this will be the last major hiccup and we're going to see continued increases in vaccine allotment every week," he said.

The county has three mobile clinics set up this weekend to reach vulnerable populations in lower-income neighborhoods. One clinic is scheduled in South Tucson on Saturday at Greyhound Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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