Memphis nursing homes ask why they haven’t received scheduled COVID-19 vaccine

WATCH: Memphis nursing homes ask why they haven’t received scheduled COVID-19 vaccine

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — According to Shelby County health officials, this was to be the week that frontline health care workers, first responders and long-term health facility workers received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Not every facility received its vaccine, and some are asking why.

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Memphis Jewish Home and Trezevant Manor both received their doses of the vaccine, but what about the 28 other long-term care facilities in Memphis?

Frank Gattuso, the executive director of Ave Maria Home, said he called and emailed all last week to find out what day the facility could expect the vaccine.

It was set to arrive this week, but Gattuso said he found out it wasn’t arriving this week.

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“Toward the end of the week, we finally heard we were scheduled for January 20,” Gattuso said.

Gattuso said the time they were told they would be getting the vaccine to Jan. 20 is about six weeks.

“We’re not sure how it’s organized, and I think that has been the difficult part of it, trying to obtain information...for our residents when there are other people who’ve received the vaccine and are getting that vaccine,” Gattuso said.

Several Ave Maria employees went on their own to get the vaccine.

That still doesn’t help residents, Gattuso said.

“We had some staff members go through the drive-thru at Sycamore View and Lindenwood to receive (the vaccine) over this past weekend,” Gattuso said.

According to Gattuso, everyone at the nursing home is anxious to receive the vaccine.