Bad Weather Prevents Vaccine Shipment to Mohave County
Doses Expected to Arrive This Week
MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (February 21, 2021)— Mohave County’s expansion to open the COVID vaccination to the 65 Years & Older and Educators/Child Care Workers in the 1B COVID-19 Phase were impeded due to severe weather conditions in many parts of U.S. The county’s weekly dose allocation of 3,000 couldn’t be delivered, hindering an already scarce vaccine allotment resulting in the cancellation of some appointments and preventing any new ones from occurring.
County Health Director Denise Burley said, “Moderna orders did not ship last week due to the inclement weather in the south and southeast., It is anticipated that last week’s delay may still be resolved, and an adjusted shipment will occur with this week’s allocation by the state. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) placed county orders Friday. New doses would then arrive This week (Tuesday/Wednesday).”
Mohave County expanded on Wednesday to allow those 65 Years & Older and Educators/Health Care Workers to join in and make appointments for a needed vaccination. Until Wednesday, those who could receive a vaccination were individuals in the 1A phase and in the 1B sub-categories, Protective Services Occupations, and the most vulnerable age group, 75 Years & Older. After 30 days, the decision was then made to expand to some additional Phase 1B categories.
Burley adds, “the demand for the vaccine far exceeds our supply. However, despite the scarcity of sufficient dose allocations to the county, the decision was made to allow those 65 Years and Older, plus Educators and Child Care Workers, the opportunity to get their vaccination.”
Mohave County has been receiving about 3,000 doses a week from ADHS. Until supplies increase significantly, the county is limited in what it can distribute to the local vaccine providers. There are established protocols to ensure providers only order what can be utilized within seven days. Appointments fill up quickly until a cut-off takes place, and those seeking the vaccine must be both patient and persistent.
The total amount of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine allocated to Mohave County providers is 31,700 doses. Of that, 25,700 have been received.
Out of 31,700 doses, the following service areas have each received:
- Bullhead 9,700
- Fort Mohave/Mohave Valley 2,700
- Kingman 8,800
- Lake Havasu 10,200
- North County 1,400