Knoxville leaders hold roundtable with local hospitals as they prepare to roll out vaccines

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Local legislative leaders met with Knoxville’s medical experts Wednesday evening to discuss the next steps to curb the COVID-19 pandemic as daily deaths, hospitalizations and cases continue to surge to new highs.

The Knox County Health Department reported nearly 27% of all cases during the COVID-19 pandemic locally and 20% of all deaths have occurred in the month of December alone, and there is still half the month remaining.

Chief Medical Officers and infectious disease specialists with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Tennova Healthcare, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Covenant Health said, despite the dire surge, there is plenty of hope on the horizon as they prepare to administer the first COVID-19 vaccinations to their frontline healthcare workers this week.

Covenant Health and UTMC said they both expect to receive the first shipment of vaccines Thursday and are preparing to administer them to COVID unit doctors and nurses by Friday.

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