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State says weather delaying federal vaccine delivery

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The state of Illinois said on Tuesday that the severe winter weather hitting the country are delaying delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The federal government notified all states of COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country because of the weather.

The state said in a press release that it had vaccine to be delivered to its Strategic National Stockpile Receipt, Store, and Stage site in anticipation of adverse weather. Illinois is distributing that vaccine to many providers around the state, as weather permits, to continue vaccination efforts.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) stated it has been in close communication with local providers on potential delays.  This has included webinars, weather situational updates, and a rapid electronic notification to all vaccine providers.

The state said it will continue to closely monitor the weather and vaccine deliveries and will communicate updated delivery information to providers through the state’s electronic notification system.

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