CHICAGO — The Chicago health department says thousands of vaccination appointments must be rescheduled because of vaccine shipment delays due to this week’s snowstorm.
Vaccines arrive by truck at the beginning of every week from facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky, which were also hit hard.
As of Thursday night, the city health department says it received a limited supply of Pfizer vaccine in the middle of this week. A spokesman says the department received no Moderna shipment this week.
The city was expecting 17,550 doses of Pfizer and 26,500 doses of Moderna.
Illinois Department of Public Health reports it received 15% of the 365,000 doses it was expecting this week.
Health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady says she’s confident the city will catch up. She says you can reschedule your second dose four days earlier than scheduled, or up to six weeks after you had your first dose, without losing efficacy.
Despite storm related shipment delays, Gov. JB Pritzker says the state still expects to receive a half million doses next week.
Cook County administered its 100,000th dose Friday despite the shortages, which have affected all 50 states and caused a backlog of approximately 6 million doses, according to the White House COVID-19 response team.
Illinois is averaging 61,000 shots per day, but is still lagging behind other states.
There are currently 850 vaccination sites across Illinois.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot got her second vaccine dose at the new Gage Park vaccination site, which opened in the former health club at 61st and Western Avenue.
During a press conference Friday at the new site, Lightfoot announced 50% of first doses in the past week were given to Black and Latinx Chicagoans. Those communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
State health department data shows two-thirds of doses, so far, have gone to white recipients — with Blacks, Latinos and Asians lagging far behind.
Lightfoot also made another plea to minorities to not be afraid of the vaccine.