RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The vaccination event scheduled for the Richmond Raceway today has been canceled but all other clinics will go on as planned, officials said.
If you had an appointment Friday at the raceway it will be postponed for Monday at the same time and place.
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts canceled all events Thursday because of the weather.
Residents head out to the Arthur Ashe center in Richmond today to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Some residents attended for their scheduled appointments. Others had rescheduled appointments.
Health leaders started to first reschedule people that need their second dose at the center.
Louis Pleasant, a Richmond resident, received his second dose today which completed the series.
“I was scheduled yesterday. They rescheduled me today because of the snow and I couldn’t wait to get here,” said Pleasant.
1,400 essential workers and vulnerable residents were expected to be vaccinated. The icy conditions over the last few days, has made the process more difficult.
Joanna Cirillo is the Public Health Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Health. Cirollo told 8news, that the weather has been a major factor in vaccine delays but the biggest problem is the vaccine shortage.
“The last thing we needed was ice. We’re dealing with so many different factors. We’re trying to not only just vaccinate as the health department, but get vaccine to our regional partners and health care providers so that they can vaccinate their patients, but the limiting factor right now is that there still is not enough vaccine supply to do that,” said Cirollo.
The Virginia Department of Health will be reaching back out to those that were scheduled yesterday for their first appointment. They will be rescheduled on either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
RCHD spokesperson Cat Long said they expect to reschedule everyone within a week of their original appointment.
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