Weather delayed shipments of the coronavirus vaccine for Central Valley Health District this week, forcing the agency to borrow doses to complete scheduled clinics, according to Robin Iszler, unit administrator for Central Valley Health.
"Ever since the beginning of deliveries of vaccine there have been challenges with scheduling clinics," she said. "With storm delays, some public health districts in the state have had to cancel vaccination clinics."
Central Valley Health was able to borrow some vaccine from Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
"It was enough for first and second doses this week and second doses next week," Iszler said.
The vaccines currently in use require a second dose either three or four weeks after the first, depending on the brand of the vaccine.
What that means is that they are not able to schedule any patients for first doses next week at this time, Iszler said.
"We are waiting to find out if we will get any vaccine to hold any first dose clinics next week," she said.
Iszler said Central Valley Health is currently vaccinating people over the age of 65. They have administered vaccine to about 51% of the people over the age of 75 and 28% of the people between 65 and 75 years old.
In Stutsman County, 14.3% of the county's population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. This would include medical professionals and first responders who were made the first priority and people over 65 currently receiving vaccinations.
Public vaccination clinics are held at the Jamestown Civic Center with the vaccines administered by appointment to qualifying individuals.
Some doses shipped directly to pharmacies have been getting through so Iszler suggests people stay in touch with their pharmacies about vaccines. They can also call Central Valley Health to find out about public clinics at 252-8130 or at www.CentralValleyHealth.org.
"People can register on the website if they are 65 or older," Iszler said. "We are still finding a few 75 and older that haven't been vaccinated."
Iszler said the process is moving forward as quickly as available vaccine allows. Central Valley Health had anticipated 400 doses this week but is now waiting for word on when shipments will start moving again. She said she couldn't speculate if the next shipments might be larger to include the delayed shipments and additional doses planned for the next week.
"We appreciate the public support," she said. "We anticipate by June most people that want a vaccine will be able to have an appointment to get a vaccine."