Delivery Delays Lead to More Vaccine Appointment Shifts

Belton, TX – Bell County Health officials did not receive the expected second delivery of 3,900 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Sunday afternoon. As the shipment now appears likely to arrive tomorrow, the county is once again working to reschedule those with Tuesday vaccine appointments.

“We have been closely monitoring shipping and tracking details since Sunday,” Dr. Amanda Chadwell, Director of the Bell County Public Health District said, “and unfortunately, it appears our delivery did not leave the manufacturer until this afternoon.”

Given that the Pfizer vaccine requires super cold storage and longer thawing times, a Tuesday delivery means that appointments that day will not be feasible.

“We began contacting everyone with a Tuesday appointment Monday afternoon to assure them that they will still be getting vaccinated soon but that it would be taking a little longer than anticipated,” Dr. Chadwell said.

All of Monday’s appointments had already been postponed to other days this week. The shift of Tuesday appointments, including some from Monday, means that some individuals will have to wait until next week to be inoculated. Those with rescheduled appointments will be asked to visit their vaccination center any time during operating hours on the newly appointed day.

“This is obviously not how we hope to start our second week of vaccinations,” Bell County Judge David Blackburn said. “Since last Wednesday, we have already administered 3,981 shots. At this point, we are only limited by our supply of vaccines.”

Blackburn says that county health officials are already considering different strategies to ensure that operations would not be disrupted by future inconsistencies with vaccine deliveries. One operational change that is under consideration is to not operate the vaccine centers on Mondays.  This, along with other logistical adjustments, could better ensure less disruption of scheduling going forward.

“While we certainly regret this confusion and the inconvenience that it is going to cause people,” Judge Blackburn said. “We are pushing forward, and we remain focused and committed to vaccinating the people of Bell County and beyond.”

The updated schedule of appointments is included below:

Original Appointment Date Original Appointment Time Now Scheduled to be Vaccinated
Monday, January 18, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021 3:00 to 4:45 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:00 to 12:45 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 3:00 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2021