Tennessee gives COVID-19 vaccine update, says state could get 90K doses a week

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 16:50:23-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee could soon begin getting an allocated 90,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines per-week, state health officials announced on Tuesday.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey provided a COVID-19 update after the state received its first doses of the Moderna vaccine on Monday. Tennessee got its first batch of the Pfizer vaccine last week.

Piercey said preliminary numbers indicate the state could get 90,000 vaccine doses per-week beginning as early as next week. If all goes as planned, Tennessee would receive 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 40,000 doses of Moderna’s.

However, Piercey cautioned that it’s still unclear if this 90,000 would be just the first of two doses and said they’re working to clarify that. If the 90,000 is just the first doses of either vaccine, the state could vaccinate 360,000 individuals per-month.

"Operation Warp Speed has assured us that we don't have to set back half because they're holding the other half for us and the second dose in order to ensure everyone gets their second dose," Piercey said.

So far, the state has vaccinated 24,200 Tennesseans. It will begin the rollout to long-term care facilities next week.

Watch today's full briefing below: