32K and counting: COVID-19 vaccine efforts brisk across TN

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — More than 32,000 Tennesseans have now gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, and there are plans among at least some agencies in the state to continue giving it Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, the state health commissioner said Wednesday.

Health departments began getting the Moderna vaccine this week and giving it to first-responders and frontline health care workers. Hospitals have already been working the past week or so to administer the Pfizer version of the shot to health workers.

Dr. Lisa Piercey, who leads the state’s health department, told reporters Wednesday that people in specialized fields have now received the vaccine in all 95 counties.

She expects figures released tomorrow will show a big uptick as the vaccine continues to go out in an effort to curtail the spread and threat of COVID-19.

The focus right now is to give it to health care workers as they treat the sick. On Monday, pharmacies will begin administering shots at long-term care facilities across the state, an effort to protect the elderly.

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