DHEC: COVID-19 vaccine shipments to S.C. could again be delayed due to weather

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – The Department of Health and Environmental Control has notified all of South Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccine providers that winter weather conditions at two distribution hubs may delay vaccine shipments to the state.

That’s according to a tweet from DHEC Tuesday morning. Officials said the delays to S.C. and other southeastern states are most likely to occur Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 because of the conditions at the FedEx facility in Memphis and the UPS facility in Louisville.

“Hospitals and other facilities that receive vaccine shipments directly from the federal government should frequently check the tracking numbers provided to them for their weekly shipments,” a DHEC tweet stated.

Last week, a group of people waiting to receive their dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Grand Strand Medical Center were unable to get that shot due to shipment delays caused by severe weather.

A vaccine clinic was held Monday at Grand Strand Medical Center for those whose appointments were canceled last week.

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