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Winter storm delays COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey

February 19, 2021 GMT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The winter storm that brought snow, ice and frigid temperatures across the country this week has disrupted COVID-19 vaccine distribution in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday.

Murphy, a Democrat, said he has asked the facilities run by the state to extend hours because of the delay.

The delayed shipments mean some vaccination appointments will likely have to be canceled and rescheduled, according to the governor, though some facilities may have enough shots on hand to keep up.

“This week’s delivery has not made it to us on time because planes at major hubs for both FedEx and UPS have been grounded due to the weather,” he said.

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New Jersey’s vaccination rate has roughly been keeping pace with the country overall, which stands at nearly 5% of the population having gotten both shots.