Weather-related shipment delays postpone COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 16:44:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Multiple COVID-19 vaccinations clinics scheduled for the coming days in the Kansas City area are being postponed due to weather-related shipping delays.

City of North Kansas City officials announced Thursday afternoon that planned vaccine clinics for Friday and Saturday at Cerner’s headquarters have been postponed.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care System said similar shipping delays "may impact vaccination appointments that are scheduled over the next few days."

Cerner is conducting the clinics in conjunction with North Kansas City and the Clay County Public Health Center, using vaccines allocated by the state for Liberty and North Kansas City hospitals.

“Due to inclement weather across the nation, our vaccine shipment has been delayed,” North Kansas City announced Thursday afternoon. “The Operation Safe Vaccine Clinics planned for Friday, February 19, and Saturday, February 20 are postponed. All patient appointments will be rescheduled when vaccine delivery is confirmed. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”

The clinic scheduled for Tuesday at Cerner also had to be canceled. That event also was in conjunction with the Missouri National Guard, but Gov. Mike Parson canceled all vaccination clinics in partnership with state agencies due to the inclement weather.

Cerner conducted its Thursday clinic as scheduled, but does not have enough supply for the next two days.

The VA Eastern Kansas in Leavenworth said anyone impacted by appointment delays will be contacted by staff to reschedule.

"Please do not attempt to go to a facility if doing so would be unsafe," VA Eastern Kansas said in a statement. "For those scheduled, please know our teams will be reaching out to reschedule as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience."