Winter storms in the southern U.S. have delayed the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines reserved for some in need of second doses in Lane County. But, officials say this won’t harm the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Clinics for Moderna ”boosts” scheduled for this weekend through Feb. 23 have been postponed, and those with appointments have been notified. Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedtke said the wait isn’t too concerning.
“Given the trial's data and now the experience that we’ve have using this vaccines over the last few months," Luedtke said, "the window for the second dose can be 42 days and we’re confident that this short delay in receiving that second dose due to these storms in the Tennessee area will not negatively impact the vaccines effectiveness for those of us in Lane County.”
Meanwhile, clinics will go on as scheduled for those 75 years and older for their first Pfizer vaccine. There were 41 positive COVID-19 cases reported on Feb. 18 in Lane County and no new deaths.
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