The severe winter weather wreaking havoc on sidewalks and roadways across Illinois will disrupt COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts statewide for the rest of the week, officials said today.
Shots and swabs were put on hold at city-run sites after more than a foot of snow blanketed parts of Chicago, and the brutal conditions gripping the entire Midwest will also delay vaccine shipments coming from the federal government “over the upcoming days,” according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.
That goes for city-run vaccination sites as well as other private providers, so officials say anyone with a coveted appointment scheduled for this week should confirm or reschedule.
Vaccine shipments are requested on an overnight basis, so the supply is expected to “catch up quickly.” City officials say they’ll decide on operations “on a day-to-day basis.”
“While there is currently no estimated time of arrival on the orders, we anticipate daily updates from CDC,” the city’s Public Health Department said in a statement.
Statewide, only 40,354 shots went into arms yesterday as the sloppy weather pummeled the area. That was just a few hundred more than the number of doses administered Sunday; both marked the state’s least-productive vaccination days in a week.