Colorado's weekly COVID-19 vaccine shipments delayed after winter storm hits U.S.
Leslie Taylor, left, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech ...
Kathryn Scott, Special to The Denver Post
Leslie Taylor, left, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from medical student Derek Mason during the UCHealth COVID-19 vaccination clinic inside New Hope Baptist Church on Feb. 13, 2021 in Denver. UCHealth is coordinating with the church, the Center for African American Health, the NAACP and other organizations to distribute 750 vaccines to underserved and minority communities in the metro area.
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COVID-19 vaccine doses that were expected to arrive in Colorado this week are delayed after a winter storm impacted a distribution hub in Tennessee, the state health department announced Tuesday.

It’s unknown when the shipments, which include 133,000 doses, will arrive in the state. The doses initially were expected to arrive between Tuesday and Thursday.

“The state expects more information about when we will receive the vaccine as the weather clears and shipping operations resume,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement.

The agency said it is working with vaccine providers and local public health departments to make sure appointments and clinics for the shots aren’t canceled this week

Other states — from Texas to Ohio — also are experiencing delays in vaccine shipments as parts of the U.S. face heavy snow and subfreezing temperatures.

The weather has disrupted shipments from a FedEx facility in Memphis and a UPS location in Louisville, Kentucky, that serve as distribution hubs.

The state health department said that because of the recent holiday weekend, it received doses Friday that were scheduled for this week.

“This decision helps us have enough on hand to work with providers to move doses around to prevent cancelations,” the agency said.

So far, 704,052 people in Colorado have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 313,842 people have gotten their second shot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.