WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – As the winter storm comes to an end in Texas, hospitals across the state are hoping to receive their shipments of the Coronavirus vaccines in the coming days.
White House coronavirus advisor Andy Slavitt said vaccine delivery had been impacted in all 50 states due to the storm as hazardous road conditions and power outages presented challenges with shipments.
“The six million doses represents about three days of delayed shipping, and many states have been able to cover this delay with existing inventory,” Slavitt said during the White House’s COVID-19 briefing Friday morning.
This was also the case for the Permian Basin.
Medical Center Hospital CEO Russell Tippin said this week that the expected allocation never arrived, prompting them to cancel vaccination clinics in Odessa.
“We can control just about everything but the weather and everything but the federal government,” Tippin said.
Despite the weather, MCH has administered more than 5,000 booster shots in just three days. However, the hospital has canceled future appointments, opting for a new plan.
Conditions are expected to improve significantly Friday and over the weekend and Slavitt said 1.4 million doses are on their way.