Extreme winter weather throughout the southern United States has complicated regional vaccine rollout initiatives as officials are challenged with crisis on top of crisis.
In Harris County, Texas on Monday, February 15, 8,400 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine began to thaw after a backup generator failed. 5,400 doses were quickly distributed throughout the community with Harris County Jail receiving 3,000 doses and Rice University receiving 800 doses. The remaining doses were re-refrigerated for later use after officials received additional guidance from Moderna.
On Tuesday, February 16, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced delays to COVID-19 vaccine shipments and closures of vaccine clinics due to inclement weather. FEMA’s Tuesday press release addressed both their efforts to provide emergency assistance as well as their commitment to providing vaccination support.
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