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COVID vaccine appointments canceled by winter storm being rescheduled, N.J. officials say – NJ.com

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Feb 23, 2021

After winter weather delayed shipments of the coronavirus vaccine, New Jersey has started to receive its back shipments, state officials said Monday.

All six mega-sites received some of the overdue Pfizer vaccines on Saturday, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said at the state’s latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton. The state expects the additional backlog of Pfizer shots to be delivered on Monday.

The state is still waiting to hear when this week’s allocation of the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered, she said.

Of the Moderna vaccine, Persichilli said most sites will receive deliveries on Monday.

“Also half the vaccine sites are to receive this week’s allocation of Moderna first doses today,” she said.

“We know these shipping delays have caused some appointments to be rescheduled,” Persichilli said. “The scarcity of vaccine is a national issue and the delayed shipments were also felt nationwide. We continue to ask for your patience.”

She said all the sites will be “working hard” to ensure that everyone who had an appointment canceled will be rescheduled, noting that federal allocations of the vaccines will be increasing in the weeks to come.

Persichilli said the state is making progress in vaccinating its “most vulnerable populations.”

Thirty-three percent of people age 80 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, she said, and 13% of those have received both doses. People in that age group make up 47% of the mortalities from the virus, she said.

Of those aged 65 through 79, 33% have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Persichilli said.

Persichilli also addressed the ongoing troubles with the call center, saying there is “no hard date” on when agents will be able to start making appointments for people.

“We are still having some system issues. They are being worked out,” she said, noting a system update from late last week “went well.”

Gov. Phil Murphy also called the update a success.

“We had a successful chapter with the vendor at the end of last week. That has been a spirited and challenging reality,” he said. “Let’s hope that chapter at the end of last week will bode well to more and better chapters.”

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Karin Price Mueller may be reached at KPriceMueller@NJAdvanceMedia.com.

 

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