Public health officials in Tennessee had to work to use up COVID vaccine doses during last week’s snow and ice. But at least one batch of more than a thousand doses went bad.
Tennessee counties are saying goodbye to Signup Genius. Local health departments have been relying on the free scheduling website to coordinate COVID-19 vaccination appointments. But the state has now launched a customized online scheduling tool.
The VA is putting out an open call to its patients in Middle Tennessee. Anyone over age 55 who can get to the Murfreesboro or Nashville campuses Saturday can get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Coronavirus cases have dropped even more in Nashville, with two days of fewer than 100 new cases. That’s likely because it’s harder to get tested right now with sites closed all week for winter weather. Still, the weather could be a net positive for slowing the pandemic.
Nashville had 400 doses of Pfizer vaccine about a day from the end of their shelf life (five days post-thawing). So with vaccination clinics closed all week because of icy weather, the city’s health department went to the Nashville Rescue Mission on Wednesday and set up a COVID vaccination clinic.
It was just a fireside chat between “Jim” and “Tony.” Dr. James Hildreth of Meharry Medical College and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, referred to each other by their nicknames during Meharry’s virtual summit on health equity Wednesday night.
The winter blast that has frozen much of Tennessee is also slowing down movement of the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide. Memphis-based FedEx says it is sending some shipments through “secondary hubs” that are less impacted by the storm.
Metro Health officials plan to deploy “strike teams” to vaccinate special populations vulnerable to both COVID-19 and being left behind in the rush for doses, which are in short supply.
Despite shelters in place and social distancing, Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center is seeing more clients than ever during the pandemic. Some are seeking help for recent assaults, others for past traumas.
Not one, but two health care leaders in Nashville have been named to the Biden administration’s equity task force to oversee the COVID response. One is the leader of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, based in Nashville.