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Vaccine shipping delays force rescheduled shots

Geisinger reveals reshuffled vaccine schedule

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Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. Efforts to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 have been stymied by a series of winter storms and outages in parts of the country not used to extreme cold weather, and hobbled transportation hubs and highways. The effects are being felt locally as Geisinger has had to reschedule several vaccine appointments due to shipping delays.

LEWISTOWN — Shipment delays caused by nationwide severe weather continue to force COVID-19 vaccine appointments to be rescheduled at Geisinger.

Geisinger is reaching out directly to those individuals whose vaccine appointments need to be rescheduled and providing them a new appointment time. Those whose appointments are not until next week may not see changes reflected immediately on their myGeisinger accounts. Accounts will update and those affected will be contacted over the next several days. Some may also see an updated appointment date and time in their myGeisinger account prior to receiving a phone call, email or text message.

If a second dose is being rescheduled, be advised that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance that it is safe to receive your second dose as many as 42 days after the first. Geisinger said it is committed to honoring all existing appointments as supplies allow.

At the Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Vaccine Center:

¯ Saturday, Feb. 20: All first- and second-dose appointments are being rescheduled.

¯ Sunday, Feb. 21: All first-dose appointments are being rescheduled. Second-dose vaccine appointments originally rescheduled from Friday, Feb. 19 will continue on the revised Sunday schedule.

¯ Monday, Feb. 22: All first- and second-dose appointments are being rescheduled.

¯ Tuesday, Feb. 23: All first- and second-dose appointments are being rescheduled.

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