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Winter Weather Impacting Vaccination Appointments

Hospitals are trying to reschedule all of the Covid-19 vaccination appointments that have been canceled from the weather.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 5:29 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 12:36 PM

"I do not know which shot I am getting or if I get it," said 63-year-old Mark Unfried of Evansville. "Depending on the weather or so forth ---- I hope to get it here soon."

Unfried is on the waitlist to receive his first dose of one of the Covid-19 vaccines.

"It's going to be a definite eye-opener," he said. "And back to normal for everyone, which we're all hoping for."

But like many of those who are eligible, the snow roads and icy temperatures have delayed their chances of getting that shot of hope

"Gibson closed a couple of times," said Andrew Schenk, the clinic director at Deaconess Health System. "Union County has been closed a couple of times."

In Vanderburgh County, Deaconess staff has helped shovel snow to make sure they stay open.

"We did do a delayed start yesterday at the downtown clinic,” said Andrew Schenk, the clinic director at Deaconess Health System. “Normally we open at 8 a.m. and we opened at 11 a.m. yesterday."

Now health officials ask the public to be patient as they work out the kinks of rescheduling all of these appointments.

"We have plenty of availability for people to get back in," Schenk said. "And then they can of course book out a little bit if they need too. But they shouldn't be concerned if they missed that they aren't going to be able to get their second dose -- because they will."

If you did miss your appointment for your second shot -- you can still have your chance at immunization.

"We want them to come as close to 21 days if they got a Pfizer or 28 days if they got a Moderna if possible,” Schenk said. “The CDC has said they want us to stay as close to the vaccine schedule as possible, but they know life happens and weather happens so for those that missed a dose -- we want them to get back in as soon as possible."

For Unfried, with more snow expected to fall, it is not just himself he worries about, but his 90-year-old mother as well.

"She got her first dose here about two or three weeks ago and her second dose is coming up," Unfried said. "And we'll make every effort to get her there -- as long as they are giving the shots."

Evansville
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Hi: 40° Lo: 23°
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Owensboro
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Princeton
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Madisonville
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Jasper
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Conditions are dry, but chilly. Winds have strengthened out of the north making it feel bitterly cold. As we head into the overnight hours temperatures will fall into the mid 20s. As winds stay gusty out of the north it will make it feel more like the teens Sunday morning under clear skies. The majority of the Tri-State will remain dry come Sunday afternoon. There is a slim chance that some of our communities across the far southern reaches of the Tri-State could see some light snowfall early in the afternoon, but it's looking like it will stay south and east of the Tri-State. We'll climb to a high temperature of 38° with sunny and breezy conditions. Gusts out of the north could reach 25-30 MPH.
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