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COVID-19 vaccinations delayed by weather

Chad Frey
McPhersonSentinel
A limited number of COVID-19 vaccine doses has been available.

Since received the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 21, the McPherson County Health Department has given 1,210 shots — and has given 800 doses to other providers in the county for distribution. 

However, the effort to get people vaccinated against the pandemic disease took a blow in McPherson County this week, according to health department director Shalei Shea

"The vaccine shipment for this week, 500 doses, was not received due to weather," Shea said. 

That should be a temporary problem, she said. 

"We will have one week lag and we are hopeful higher allotments are in our future," Shea said.  "The doses for this week are being added to next weeks shipment to make up for it, so we aren’t really losing anything except time. We are continuing to take this day by day."

The state and county remain in Phase II of vaccine distribution.  Phase II of the Kansas Vaccination Plan includes specific entities and those 65 years old or older.  The department will reach out to the named entities as previous groups are vaccinated and doses become available. 

"COVID-19 Vaccine distribution will require the community to remain flexible. Locals do not have control over how many doses KDHE sends," Shea said. "... While federal supply prevents KDHE from supplying providers with vaccine, MCHD will be dividing our current shipments amongst county providers to help vaccinate the 65 and older population."

The county remains in Phase III of reopening plans, limiting gatherings to 45 individuals when 6-foot distance is not maintained and mask usage recommended.