Federal agency changes guidelines for vaccine distribution – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-01-14 07:27:01 –

Nashville, TN (WTVF) — This week, federal officials announced a change in the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine, but local experts are concerned about the new guidelines.

The new guidelines require the state to make the coronavirus vaccine available to anyone over the age of 65. This change will make the entire vaccine supply available in the state. Federal authorities had previously refrained from pre-supplying the vaccine to ensure that there was sufficient dose for the second dose needed.

The new strategy first proposed by the upcoming Joe Biden administration before being adopted by the current Secretary of Health is to arm more shots in less time.

“My concerns are science-based,” said Dr. James Hildress, CEO of Meharry Medical College. “I have no objection to getting many people vaccinated as soon as possible, but make sure that a second vaccination is possible at the time needed to give us maximum protection.”

Hildress, who is also a member of the FDA Vaccine Commission, said he was worried that the new guidelines could prevent people from receiving a second dose of the vaccine. The second shot is called a “booster” and helps make the vaccine more effective, Hildress explained.

“The longer we go without achieving full protection, the more likely it is that the antibody will cause mutations that do not protect us, and in theory we can return to square,” Hildress said.

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