As we reported last week, the Wayne County Health Department ran out of vaccines on Monday, January 4th. The Tennessee Department of Health released the following statement later last week:
“Vaccine supplies are in extremely limited supply, and the demand for vaccines is great. We are pleased with the overwhelming interest Tennesseans are showing in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, and we are working as quickly as possible to provide vaccines as we receive additional shipments.
As you may have seen in the national media, Tennessee has consistently been ranked in the top 10 states for percentage of doses used and for total doses administered. Last weekend alone, health department staff administered more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.
Tennessee is dependent on vaccine supplies from the federal government. The federal government controls the maximum amount of vaccine doses that states receive, and please be assured that Tennessee is requesting the maximum allotment at every opportunity.
We are now in a cadence of receiving additional allocations on a weekly basis. This week, shipments are expected to begin arriving at Tennessee pharmacies that are partnering with long term care facilities to vaccinate their members and staff onsite. It is vital to get vaccines to those who are the highest risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
As a reminder, counties will be progressing through vaccine distribution at different paces, as supplies and demand vary. The county phase status list may be found at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/CountyPhaseStatus.pdf. We are diligently working on system improvements, including the new online eligibility tool and alert signup. Additional resources and key updates will be posted online on our COVID-19 Vaccine page, tn.gov/health.”
Waynesboro Health & Rehab announced last week that CVS Pharmacy, with whom they are partnering to administer the COVID vaccine, would be at the facility on Tuesday, January 12th to administer vaccinations to residents and staff. These vaccines do not come from the county supply, but from pharmacies receiving supplies directly from the federal government.
As soon as the Wayne County Health Department receives their next shipment of vaccines, they will be administered to any frontline healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated, along with high risk individuals and those 75 and older.