PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It looks like Rhode Island has been affected by the delay in federal COVID-19 vaccine shipments after all.
Last week’s wintry weather significantly impacted vaccine shipments across the country, delaying the nationwide rollout by three days.
The R.I. Department of Health said last Friday the state had yet to experience any delays locally and remained optimistic that Rhode Island would be spared.
But on Monday, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said a shipment of 12,400 Moderna vaccines did not arrive as expected, “as a result of the severe weather that has affected distribution nationwide.”
The delayed shipment caused a domino effect, forcing three community vaccine clinics scheduled for Tuesday to postpone hundreds of appointments.
East Greenwich Town Manager Andrew Nota tells 12 News that 240 residents were supposed to get vaccinated at the Swift Community Center Tuesday, but it was rescheduled to March 1 because of the delay.
“Although frustrating, it is no one’s fault and just part of the logistical challenges that can at times plague a mass operation like this,” Nota said in a statement.
The vaccine clinics at the West Warwick and Cranston senior centers have also been rescheduled. The clinic in West Warwick will now take place on Thursday, and Cranston’s clinic was postponed to Friday. All scheduled appointments will occur at the same place and time.
The delayed shipment may also impact some clinics scheduled for Wednesday as well, the Health Department said.