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Winter weather delaying vaccinations across the nation, White House looks to recoup when conditions improve

The White House said its COVID-19 Response Team is in constant communication with local officials about the impact of the storm on vaccination efforts.
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Posted at 4:40 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 19:40:57-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KERO) — The dangerous winter weather is delaying COVI-19 vaccination efforts across the nation.

The White House said its COVID-19 Response Team is in constant communication with local officials about the impact of the storm on vaccination efforts.

This week officials came up with ways to fill the vaccination deficit once areas covered in snow reopen.

"We're encouraging governors and other partners to do is to extend hours once they're able to reopen. You know many vaccination sites do operate 24 seven. You know, through the weekends, through the evenings. And we want to make sure that as, as we've lost some time in some states for people to get needles in arms that our partners do all they can to make up that lost round consistent with distributing the vaccine to people as efficiently and equitably as possible," said Jeff Zients, COVID-19 response coordinator

The Biden administration says it is working to move up scheduled deliveries whenever possible and to surge shipment operations through the end of the week into the weekend.