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COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Agriculture Hall canceled due to weather, potential of rolling blackouts

Blaise Mesa
Topeka Capital-Journal
The Shawnee County Health Department canceled COVID-19 vaccinations at the Agricultural Hall due to the cold weather and potential for rolling blackouts.

COVID-19 vaccinations at the Agricultural Hall were canceled Tuesday because of the extreme cold in Kansas and the potential for rolling blackouts. 

Operating hours were extended  to on Thursday to accommodate rescheduled appointments. 

“Appointment rosters will be transferred over and individuals that have been rescheduled from today may arrive at the time that best fits their schedule on Thursday between 11:00am-6:00pm,” said a Tuesday news release announcing the cancelations. 

Craig Barnes, division manager of the health department's Community Health Outreach and Planning program, told the Capital-Journal that the vaccine refrigerators are on backup generators. 

He said the health department was more concerned about power going out in the middle of administering a vaccine.  

Topeka Municipal Court also had to cancel its court dockets on Tuesday because of the cold weather.