Investigation continues into SCHD’s mishandling of COVID-19 vaccine doses

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Linda Piercey said the investigation into the Shelby County Health Department’s handling of vaccine dose temperatures is moving slower than they’d like, but they are finding information.

Tuesday, she stated the problem is due to what she said was past inefficient record keeping.

“A couple of people who were record holders of those records are no longer employed or engaged in that work, so we’re not able to get information from them on where those data logs were stored,” said Piercey.

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It’ll take time as the CDC continues to investigate in Memphis, but so far, the findings are encouraging.

Piercey said distribution has been fine since the change of command due to the COVID-19 Task Force and city and county leaders not taking their foot off the gas after the leadership change.

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“I will continue to brag on the work of the City of Memphis. They’re doing well over 30,000 vaccines a week at their sites alone. They have a continued willingness to grow that. From all accounts, it’s going well.”

As of this week, there are more than 400,000 appointments scheduled throughout Tennessee for vaccines. This comes as the state moves to Phase 1c of the vaccination rollout.

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The new phase allows people ages 16 and up with high-risk health conditions to receive the vaccine, as well as their caregivers.

Memphis is still working toward a goal of putting vaccines in 50,000 arms a week which would mean more than 700,000 people would be vaccinated by the end of summer.

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