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Las Vegas woman shares frustrations after vaccine appointment was postponed

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Posted at 8:49 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 14:29:34-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas woman says changes need to be made after her appointment to get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was postponed.

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“The way they’ve got this organized, the way they’re getting the vaccines in, it’s a disgrace,” says Beverly Zimmerman.

Extreme winter weather caused six million vaccine doses to be delayed across the nation, and also caused vaccination sites to close temporarily.

Zimmerman’s appointment cancellation at University Medical Center left her with more questions than answers.

“They said they really couldn’t be sure when they would have the second dose available,” says Zimmerman.

Experts recommend 28 days between the first and second Moderna dose.

The CDC advises that the second dose can be given six weeks after the first if there is a delay.

However, Zimmerman says she didn’t want to go any longer than she had to.

“I just don’t want to get it two weeks later, I want to get it when I’m supposed to get it,” says Zimmerman.

Zimmerman says she was able to get the second dose at another site this weekend, just one day after when the canceled appointment would have been.

VACCINE DELAYS: What to do if an appointment is canceled

If your second dose appointment was canceled and you’re looking for another, it’s important to note that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not interchangeable, and patients must get the same vaccine for their first and second dose.