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FLORENCE — Vaccine shipments destined for Pinal County last week have been recalled by the maker because of possible contamination due to delays caused by severe winter weather, health officials say.

Pinal County Health Director Tascha Spears said due to severe winter storms at shipping transportation hubs, no vaccines arrived in Pinal this past week.

Now she says Moderna has recalled vaccine shipments where there may have been temperature shifts due to being stuck in transit. She said vaccine packaging has data loggers that track temperature so all vaccines that arrive in Pinal are examined for maintenance of adequate temperatures while in transit

Spears said a small number of vaccine doses were still available for appointments on Monday so people who did not receive a cancellation from the agency where the appointment was scheduled should still keep their appointments.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has advised that large state vaccination sites at the stadiums in Maricopa County are still open.

Spears said there has been no tracking information provided to allow for additional planning in Pinal County.

"Until COVID vaccines are here in our county, no additional vaccine appointments are being scheduled in Pinal," Spears said Saturday.

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