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Supply shortage causes delay for first-dose COVID vaccines in Robeson County

Posted January 26, 2021 6:42 p.m. EST

UNC Health Southeastern is delaying all first-dose coronavirus vaccine appointments for Thursday at its Lumberton and Pembroke vaccine clinics.

A spokesperson said the delay is because the supply of first-dose vaccine will not be provided by the state this week, and future supply quantities are uncertain.

Second-dose vaccine appointments will continue to be honored as supply is currently avaible as provided by the state.

Those with first-dose appointments on or after Thursday will receive a phone call to notify them of the delay. People are asked not to call UNC Health Southeastern about the delay.

As first-dose vaccines are received, appointments will be rescheduled.

“We understand that this is a disappointment to many, as it is for us, however, we are limited by what vaccines are provided to us through the state vaccination system,” said Jason Cox, UNC Health Southeastern's vice president and chief operating officer.

The state Department of Health and Human Service previously announced that on Wednesday, the state would only have 120,000 doses to allocate across the entire state.

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