Rhode Island vaccine deliveries delayed by weather

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three community coronavirus vaccination locations in Rhode Island are rescheduling appointments because harsh winter weather in some areas of the country delayed the delivery of more than 12,000 doses to the state, health officials say.

Because the shipment of approximately 12,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine did not arrive in Rhode Island as scheduled on Monday, clinics at the Cranston Senior Center, the Swift Community Center in East Greenwich, and the West Warwick Civic Center are rescheduling Tuesday appointments, the state Department of Health said in a statement.

People who had appointments Tuesday will be contacted directly by clinic organizers.

The shipping delay could also result in the postponement of appointments scheduled for Wednesday, the agency said.

The agency also said it would release new vaccination appointments for state-run sites at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence and the former Citizens Bank headquarters in Cranston on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

The state on Monday started accepting appointments for residents age 65 and older.

Almost 148,000 people in Rhode Island have received a vaccine first dose, while nearly 63,000 have been fully vaccinated, according to health department statistics released Tuesday.

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