UPDATE Feb. 19 8:15 a.m.
Miami County Health Officer Dr. Christi Redmon told the Tribune Friday morning that state officials notified the county health department late Thursday night that they were "transferring" vaccine doses to the county on Friday.
That means that vaccination hours and appointments for Friday and Saturday will proceed as originally planned.
"It's a good update," Redmon said. "But we didn't anticipate it."
Redmon said county health officials would be able to open the old firehouse vaccination location on time Friday morning with the few reserve vaccination doses they have. Those, she hoped, would last until the new doses from the state arrived, but she asked that people be patient if there turns out to be a small gap between when the doses on hand run out and the new ones arrive.
"We may have to pause for a bit," she said.
The large Saturday vaccination clinic at Riverview Event Center is now back on and will be proceed as planned.
Friday and Saturday COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Miami County residents had to be cancelled late Thursday because of supply chain problems likely linked to the winter weather across the nation.
“This is a disaster, but it’s a distribution problem, nationwide,” Miami County Health Officer Dr. Christi Redmon told the Tribune on Thursday evening.
Earlier that same day, Redmon said the county had not yet received its regular Monday shipment because of road and weather conditions throughout the state.
With only a few doses left, she said she was hoping they would get that next shipment ahead of Friday’s opening hours. They waited, but got word after 5 p.m. that the shipment wouldn’t be coming.
“So we had to cancel it,” she said. “They said Indiana is not alone.”
The cancellations follow Tuesday’s shutdown of the same county vaccination site -- now at the old firehouse building at the corner of Main and Miami streets -- because of poor conditions caused by the Monday night winter storm that dumped between 6 and 8 inches of snow on the area.
Fridays at the firehouse, however, are generally busier days than Tuesdays because the site runs with expanded hours.
And the Saturday event -- the second such mass-vaccination clinic at the Riverview Event Center -- would have seen well over 200 people vaccinated.
Many of those, Redmon said, were scheduled to be second-dose patients who will be given priority as the Miami County Health Department works through the rescheduling process.
Because there is a “window of time” in which that second dose needs to happen, Redmon said, Miami County health officials will be reaching out to those patients to get them scheduled.
Others who have had their appointment cancelled will need to call the state’s scheduling line at 211 to reschedule.
Those who have cancelled appointments will get a message from the state’s scheduling software.
“A lot of people in Indiana are going to get that message today,” Redmon said.
Hopefully, she said, the vaccine shipment will arrive sometime over the weekend, or even sometime Monday morning. With a few doses still left in reserve, Redmon said she was hopeful they could resume operations Monday even if the shipment were going to arrive that morning.
“Our plan is to be vaccinating Monday morning as usual,” she said.