Tennessee health commissioner calls COVID-19 vaccine supply shortage ‘frustrating’

Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey sat down with our Nashville NBC affiliate, WSMV, to talk about the state’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and the problems that can, and do, arise.

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  Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

  COVID-19 deaths surpass 1,000 in Shelby Co. as vaccine distribution continues

The Shelby County Health Department is in its third weekend of administering COVID-19 vaccines for everyone in group 1a1 as well as those 75 years of age and older.

  100,000 Mississippians vaccinated as more vaccines head to the state

Mississippi state health leaders say they are still not out of the woods, but they are noticing a modest decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and nursing home outbreaks.

  Vaccines redirected away from hospitals as Gov. Reeves casts doubts on distribution timeline

Some Mississippi hospitals are being forced to cancel vaccine appointments while others are still waiting for shipments of vaccines for their community members.

  Criticism aimed at federal pharmacy partnership, pharmacies say they’re on schedule

Some Mid-South officials have blasted the Federal Pharmacy Program for moving too slow in getting vaccines to long term care facilities.

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  Memphis Dollar General stores offering pay to employees to get vaccinated

  Memphis City Council member talks county’s approach to tackling coronavirus

Patrice Robinson says there may be hesitancy from many to get a vaccine, but misinformation is playing a large role in this.

  MSDH says all vaccines are accounted for

Wednesday evening the Mississippi Department of Health said all vaccines were tied to appointments.

  Concerns arise as residents await second vaccine doses in Shelby County

The Shelby County Health Department said it’s working to set up a separate vaccination site for those needing their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

MSDH not accepting any more COVID-19 vaccination appointments until mid-February

COVID-19 vaccination supply committed through mid-February.

  UTHSC students to play major role in vaccine distribution

Most first-year pharmacy students get certified to administer vaccines, but this year that training is particularly handy during a pandemic.

  Mid-South ramps up vaccinations as Trump admin. releases more doses

Vaccinations continue to ramp up across the Mid-South. Now, the federal government is recommending states start vaccinating people 65 years of age and older.

  Reeves on vaccine rollout: ‘We’re working ahead of schedule’

A record-high 98 deaths were reported by the Mississippi Department of Health on Tuesday.

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. resumes administering COVID-19 vaccine

After a week of no vaccine activity, the Shelby County Health Department will start administering vaccines at the Pipkin Building on Tuesday.

  With virus surging, Biden to speed release of COVID vaccines

This would end the Trump administration’s practice of holding back shots for second dose.

  Mid-South infectious disease specialist supports Biden’s plan to release nearly all available vaccines

“I think the idea is, let’s try to get the maximum number of people vaccinated. We know 10 days after you get your first shot you are protected, 14 days you are very well protected up to 90 (percent),” said infectious disease consultant Dr. Manoj Jain.

  Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

Gov. Bill Lee speaks with media following Capitol riot, COVID-19 vaccines rollout Tenn.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to address the state on Friday morning.

  Health expert believes nationwide vaccine rollout needs different approach

COVID-19 vaccinations are not happening as quickly as many have hoped. A health expert gives his opinion about what he thinks will speed up the process.

  There are new coronavirus strains: Can our vaccines stop them?

New variants of the coronavirus seem to make it more easily spread, but scientists say they haven't made the vaccine obsolete yet.

  No timeline set for when Shelby County could receive more doses of the vaccine

The Shelby County Health Department said it will soon be out of its current allotment.

  Best Life: Myths when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine

At this point in the pandemic, there have been over twelve million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. And now with Pfizer and BioNtech as well as Moderna concluding phase three trials of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates, you may be asking yourself should I get vaccinated?

  Best Life: Do Americans accept the COVID-19 vaccine?

Now that doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are rolling off the assembly lines and heading for our hospitals, will you roll up your sleeve and get in line?

  Over 1 million vaccine doses needed to reach herd immunity in Shelby County

About three weeks after getting their first COVID-19 vaccine, many Memphis health care workers received their second dose completing their vaccination process.

  Track your vaccine eligibility in Tennessee with this online tool

The eligibility tool allows users to opt-in for updates and notifications about their vaccine phase.

  Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

January is going to be “a tough one,” Dr. Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, told The Associated Press.

  Is the COVID-19 vaccine right for you? Here’s what medical experts are advising

Pregnant? Nursing? Have food allergies? When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to everyone, you may be wondering if it's right for you. Here's what medical experts are advising.

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

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.

  Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare administers second round of COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday morning, health care workers at Methodist Germantown will begin receiving their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

  Drive-thru vaccinations coming to North Mississippi this week; vaccine offered to 75+ residents next week

Tuesday the Desoto County Department of Health will begin offering COVID-19 drive-thru vaccinations in Hernando.

  EXPLAINER: Vaccine dosing debates add to public confusion

The first Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 are getting their second dose and exactly how to give the shots varies by country, and debates over what's best is adding to public confusion.

  Mid-South infectious disease expert wants vaccine rollout to happen much faster locally, nationwide

People have reported long lines, confusion about necessary appointments and difficulties surrounding the health department vaccine hotline.

  Shelby County Health Department awaits more vaccine shipments from state to restart drive-thru vaccine events

The Shelby County Health Department is changing how they are distributing the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday as the rollout of the vaccine continues in Shelby County.

  ‘It’s safe, effective’: Health officials, governor urge quick vaccines for Mississippians

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves held his first press conference in weeks regarding COVID-19 in his state.

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. closing 2 COVID-19 vaccine sites

The Shelby County Health Department announced they will close two COVID-19 vaccine site this week. The Lindenwood Christan Church and 1826 Sycamore View Road sites are closed until further notice.

  SCHD prepares for another week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

After the vaccine rollout hit some snags in the first week of availability, the Shelby County Health Department is prepared to continue distribution on Monday.

  Congressman Cohen gets COVID-19 vaccine

Mid-South Congressman Steve Cohen has now joined the list of COVID-19 vaccine recipients.

  More confusion surrounds Shelby Co. vaccine distribution as seniors head to drive-thru locations

Distribution locations for the COVID-19 vaccine reopened in Memphis Saturday to long lines and more confusion.

  Tipton County teachers will begin getting the COVID vaccine

On the last day of 2020, Tipton County teachers received an email stating, “The Tipton County Health Department will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to school personnel.”

  ‘I’m a vaccine’: Cartoon explains safety measures in Schoolhouse Rock style

Paying homage to Schoolhouse Rock’s iconic “I’m a Bill” cartoon, “The Story of a Vaccine” uses a talking vaccine vial as a narrator.

  2021 travel may include vaccine passport

Smartphone apps are being created to allow users to upload a COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination ahead of 2021 travel.

  Ark. governor dissatisfied with pace of vaccine administration at long-term care facilities

During a news conference Wednesday, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson gave an update on vaccine administration across the state.

  UK is first to authorize easy-to-handle AstraZeneca vaccine

The vaccine is expected to be relied on in many countries because of its low cost, availability and ease of use. It can be kept in refrigerators rather than the ultra-cold storage some other vaccines require.

COVID-19 vaccines to be administered next week for DeSoto Co. healthcare workers

DeSoto County released new information concerning when the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to health care workers.

Report: Nurse tests positive for COVID-19 after getting vaccine

A nurse who KGTV calls Matthew W. started feeling sick on Christmas Eve, six days after his inoculation, and tested positive the day after Christmas.

Miss. State Dept. of Health to give update on vaccine distribution

The Mississipi State Department of Health will announce on Wednesday the new locations of where the COVID-19 vaccine will be administered.

  Confusion sparks as vaccine distribution takes off in Shelby County

Right now, only first responders and healthcare workers are supposed to receive the vaccine. So why were senior citizens showing up in droves?

  Health department vaccine rollout continues for first responders

This week, it’s administering vaccines to frontline health care workers and first responders like police, fire and EMT personnel.

  Breakdown of Tennessee’s 3-phase vaccine rollout plan

Here’s a look at the distribution plan for Tennessee’s 3-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

  Shelby County first responders encourage Memphians to get vaccine when available

First responders and certain high-risk frontline health care workers received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine Monday, including Shelby County law enforcement and firefighters.

  More COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline as US effort ramps up

A huge U.S. study of another possible COVID-19 vaccine is getting underway as states continue to roll out scarce supplies of the first shots cleared for emergency use.

  Shelby Co. Health Dept. administers vaccine to first responders today

Health officials in Shelby County began administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to first responders on Monday.

  Tennessee first responders now receiving COVID-19 vaccines

First responders across the state of Tennessee are now getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Soon, Memphis firefighters and police officers will get vaccinated.

  ’I wouldn’t be scared of it:’ Jonesboro nursing home resident looking forward to taking vaccine

Bessie McEntire is a 98-year-old resident at Ridgecrest Health and Rehabilitation. Wednesday, she was finally able to sit with her daughter in person for the first time since March.

Assisted living facilities begin receiving COVID vaccines, officials say it’s ’a wonderful early Christmas gift’

“We had 10 months of waiting and 10 months of trying to keep everyone safe and patient and well,” Brian Rega, Director of Senior Housing Services at St. Bernards said. “They were elated and so we got everything together and we were able to administer the shots [Wednesday] morning.”

  More than 30,000 Tennesseans have received the COVID-19 vaccine

With both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines in Tennessee the number of people getting vaccinated is growing.

  Moderna vaccine administration underway in Miss., Shelby Co. Health Dept. to begin next week

Health care facilities in the Memphis-metro area received their shipments of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday.

  Pfizer to supply US with additional 100M doses of vaccine

Pfizer and BioNTech will supply an additional 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. under a new agreement.

Kroger will offer COVID-19 vaccine nationwide

Kroger plans to offer the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide across its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics.

Scam alert: Second relief bill, vaccine rollout attract fraudsters

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  Methodist Olive Branch Hospital receives first Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital has received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

  Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville expecting Moderna vaccine Wednesday

Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville is expecting to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday, but health officials have warned that the start of next year could be an uphill battle even with the arrival of vaccines.

  St. Jude no longer taking patients for vaccine trial

The lead doctor at St. Jude tells us they still have reached the benchmarks needed to move out of phase three.

  Vaccine Q&A: Dr. McCullers, Infectious Disease Specialist, UTHSC, answers questions on COVID-19 vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine rollout is underway across the Mid-South with questions surfacing each day.