Gov. Lee: Tennessee among top in nation for early COVID-19 vaccine numbers

Gov. Bill Lee says Tennessee among best in nation for early COVID-19 vaccine numbers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee touted the state’s vaccine distribution efforts in a video posted to his social media pages Tuesday.

Lee said two weeks into distribution, more than 150,000 Tennesseans have received their vaccines and said Tennessee is one of the top states in the nation for total doses administered.

“Our vaccine efforts are critical in the fight against COVID-19, and they’ll make all the difference here in Tennessee,” said Lee.

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The governor cited unprecedented numbers of people lining up for vaccines at county health departments across the state.

“We’re seeing record demand, and I’m encouraged by that, that so many people want to do their part by getting the vaccine,” said Lee. “It sends a clear message that Tennesseans are eager to put COVID-19 behind us. And we remain committed to providing the vaccine to anyone who wants it.”

The governor says Tennesseans who have not yet received the vaccine should not be discouraged. While supplies are currently limited, he says more shipments are on the way.

Lee also announced a new online tool for Tennesseans to track their vaccine eligibility.

Meanwhile, free testing remains available to everyone, and Lee says people should use it.

“I ask you to continue to do your part as well. Wash your hands, wear a mask and keep your gatherings limited to your immediate family. With your help, we will win our fight against COVID-19.”

It hasn’t been a perfect rollout, according to Memphis infectious disease expert Dr. Steve Threlkeld who said Monday, “We’ve gotta go faster.” Threlkeld has described the initial distribution as a having a “tough beginning.”

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