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Weather delays shipments of coronavirus vaccine to Oklahoma

February 17, 2021 GMT
Icicles form on a the frozen helmet of a Tulsa Firefigther working the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. Temperatures hovered in the single digits. (Mike Simons /Tulsa World via AP)
Icicles form on a the frozen helmet of a Tulsa Firefigther working the scene of a 3 alarm fire on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. Temperatures hovered in the single digits. (Mike Simons /Tulsa World via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shipments of the coronavirus vaccine to Oklahoma are being delayed “multiple days” because of wintry weather that dumped snow and ice across much of the U.S, Deputy State Health Commissioner Keith Reed said Wednesday.

“While the timing of this inclement winter weather is frustrating for widespread vaccine distribution efforts across the country,” Reed said, “we are doing everything in our power to avoid large-scale waste during this time and to continue serving as many Oklahomans as possible.”

Numerous vaccination clinics across Oklahoma were already canceled or postponed because of the weather, according to the state health department.

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“OSDH does not expect overall supply to be impacted by the weather, but timelines for distribution may be delayed multiple days,” Reed said in a statement.

Additional vaccination clinics are planned for the weekend, weather permitting, and the state expects 137,000 doses of the vaccine next week, Reed said.

There have been a reported 415,858 virus cases and 4,089 total deaths due to COVID-19, increases of 1,078 cases and 28 more deaths than Tuesday, according to the health department.

Oklahoma ranked fourth in the nation in the number of new cases per capita with 573.56 per 100,000 residents, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.