FREEHOLD — A delay in vaccine deliveries has forced Monmouth County to reschedule vaccine appointments originally slated for Friday and Saturday. 

In a statement released on Thursday, Feb. 18, Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone said that the delay is caused by delivery issues winter storms throughout the county.

“The County still has not gotten notification that the vaccines have even shipped yet and so we have no choice but to cancel the scheduled appointments for Friday and Saturday,” said Commissioner Director Arnone. “Again, we apologize for this inconvenience to those with scheduled appointments, but since Monmouth County administers every single vaccine dose that we receive as soon as we get it, we literally do not have one vaccine on hand right now.”

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Due to delivery delays caused by the winter storms throughout the nation this week, the county had to cancel vaccination appointments on Wednesday and Thursday as well. 

Those who had been scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a county-run distribution center will be connected next week to have their appointments rescheduled, according to Commissioner Deputy Director Kiley on Thursday. 

“For everyone who was scheduled for a second dose, it is important to note that the second dose can be administered any time between 28 and 42 days after the first dose,” she said.

The county operates two vaccination distribution centers at Brookdale Community College and at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building in Freehold.

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