Tennessee sees 'modest' boost in COVID-19 vaccine allocation

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Posted at 9:40 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 22:40:39-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials say they are receiving a modest increase in their weekly vaccine allocation, up from an average of 80,000 doses to about 93,000 for the coming week.

On Thursday, state Department of Health spokesperson Bill Christian confirmed the increase after Tennessee had been coming up short of the 90,000 doses weekly that the federal Operation Warp Speed had promised.

Last week, Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said the state did not see a boost in doses that had been promised by federal officials and signaled by vaccine manufacturers. Federal data shows Tennessee has seen 5.7% of its population receive one or more COVID-19 vaccine doses so far.