Health commissioner says counties could receive more COVID-19 vaccines than expected next week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — COVID-19 vaccination appointments and shipments are delayed due to another winter blast expected Wednesday.

Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said vaccine shipments are expected to be delayed anywhere from two days to a week.

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However, she doesn’t believe it will make a major impact for people needing their second dose because you can wait up to 6 weeks before getting it.

The state usually gets 110,000 doses per week in multiple shipments.

Commissioner Piercey said she is figuring out if those shipments will arrive Wednesday or Thursday.

“There have been some delays in shipping as well as in the flights to get them here because of the weather, but I want to reassure Tennesseans that we are minding the weather and making sure our vaccine remains safe throughout this storm,” said Dr. Piercey.

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Dr. Piercey said if shipments are delayed, counties could receive more doses than expected next week.

The Shelby County Health Department said they have plenty of space to hold whatever doses come in.

Dr. Piercey said people who had their appointments canceled wouldn’t have to start the process over. They can call or schedule a new appointment online.

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