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Information about Tennessee’s planning and implementation efforts for COVID-19 vaccine allocation and distribution.

This information was received from Alec Richardson who is the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Lee.

“We expect a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to arrive at health departments at the beginning of this week. However, we know that we are currently limited by supply. As we receive these shipments, I wanted to alert you that this week the shipments will be going to both county health departments and to the pharmacies that have begun to vaccinate residents and staff of long-term care facilities across the state.

This is a high priority to allow our most vulnerable to have access to this vaccine. So as county health departments vaccinate phase 1a2 and begin to vaccinate those ages 75 years and older, pharmacies will also be administering vaccines for our long-term care facility residents and staff. Although this may result in smaller shipments to county health departments, it is critical to get the vaccines to those who are the highest risk as quickly as possible.

We understand the frustration around the limited supply. In terms of additional vaccine shipments, we are dependent on the timing and allocations from our federal partners through Operation Warp Speed.
Although we cannot control how many doses we receive from Operation Warp Speed and the pharmaceutical companies at this time, we are working diligently to push out as much supply as we receive it.

Alec Richardson, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Lee

Linked here (opens in a new window) is a Bloomberg website that tracks the number of vaccinations in each state. Tennessee is one of the leaders in the country on doses administered, and we will continue to work to make progress here.”

Vaccine Access as of January 4th, 2021 from the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Brief #4

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