COVID-19

Snow delays Kalamazoo vaccine delivery

Winter weather caused COVID vaccine shipments to be delayed all over the country, including in Kalamazoo County.

A Tuesday shipment of coronavirus vaccines to Kalamazoo County came to a standstill as winter storms buffeted the area.

A band of unusually cold weather has halted vaccine deliveries and clinics all over the country, but many assumed southwest Michigan would be safe due to its familiarity with winter storms.

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County Health Officer Jim Rutherford said the vaccines would keep until they arrive.

“Our shipments are sitting somewhere right now. We anticipated it yesterday and we’re hoping that we get it today or tomorrow,” he told WWMT on Wednesday.

Kalamazoo County has ramped up its vaccination efforts in the past week, inoculating an average of nearly 2,000 people per day. But it’s coming close to running out of doses to administer. As of Wednesday, the county had used 77% of its supplies.

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