Napa Receives 2,000 Doses After Storm Delay

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More than 2,000 Moderna vaccine doses have been delivered to Napa County after a week-long delay caused by severe weather across the country.

The vaccines arrived midday Monday, said county spokesperson Janet Upton. Nearly 900 people 75 and older as well as health care workers have had their second-dose appointments delayed because of the disruption.

“We made the decision last week,” said Upton, “rather than be hopeful (and) cancel at the last minute, to cancel the second-dose clinics,” for Monday and Tuesday,  moving the appointments to later this week.

Shipments of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were delayed across California as winter storms pummeled much of the U.S.

As of Friday thousands of people statewide who were expecting to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots had their appointments rescheduled due to a lack of shipments.

In the Bay Area, Napa and San Mateo counties saw major shortages, while others like San Francisco said delays were possible.

In Southern California, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said about 12,500 people with appointments at large vaccination sites had their appointments rescheduled automatically.

The delay also forced the closure of the vaccination site at Disneyland in Orange County.

 —Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

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