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TDH's newly released plan for COVID-19 Vaccine distribution

This week, the department of health released a plan for COVID-19 Vaccine distribution. Locals shared how they feel about it and if they’d be willing to get the vaccine once available in health clinics.

“Not at first.” said Michael Cherry, a local Jackson resident.

“I would probably take it,” said Mark Ramey.

“After they get the kinks out, yeah,” said Ariel Incorvaia.

health commissioner Lisa Piercy assures Tennesseans that safe, effective, and approved covid-19 vaccines will be released in Tennessee when they are available to reduce the spread of the virus.

However, Cherry says he needs proof. even after health officials give the green light to the public, he will until wait before getting the vaccine.

“I’m certainly not going to be the first one line, taking it, I’m just not going to do that,” he said.

The newly released plan includes a preliminary structure for allocating and distributing the vaccine. 85 percent will go to all 95 counties based on population, and the rest is for healthcare workers and those high vulnerability areas.

“Certainly our healthcare workers and those who are actively involved in the care of people and trying to nurse them back to health, I think that’s paramount,” said Cherry.

Health officials are in the process of recruiting hospitals, pharmacies, and other partners who can store and distribute the vaccine properly to priority populations.

Officials at the Tennessee department of health says the State will not consider a person’s past history of COVID-19 for the vaccine.

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