Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-02-23 17:19:30 –
Memphis, Tennessee (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has found more than seven COVID-19 vaccine wastes in Shelby County. This is equivalent to more than 2,400 wastes.
A study of how the Shelby County Health Department processed the vaccine inventory began following the following announcement. Over 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines have expired in Shelby County On Friday.
The TDH said the Shelby County Health Department lacked standard operating procedures for vaccine storage and handling. There are more than 51,000 vaccines in stock at the local health department, more than 30,000 according to TDH. As part of Tennessee’s vaccine distribution program, the health department is required to administer the vaccine within 7-10 days of receiving it.
In response to the findings, TDH dispatched personnel to Shelby County for technical assistance and monitoring of pharmacy operations and requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for on-site assistance.
“Trust, honesty, and transparency are the keys to collaborative partnerships. Preliminary findings from this study identify issues, community needs, and deserve improvements,” said Dr. Lisa Piercy, Tennessee Health Commissioner. It has led to quick and reliable action to implement. ” “Doing this right for the people of Shelby County and the entire state in an effort to distribute this life-saving vaccine fairly and efficiently to all communities, especially the most vulnerable and underserved Tennessees. Is important. “
Shelby County will continue to receive the full allocation of vaccine doses determined by the population. Current inventory management will be transferred from the local health department to the hospital partner. Future allocations of vaccines will be sent to Memphis City, hospitals, pharmacies, and clinics in the Shelby County area.
The TDH said it will help the Shelby County Health Department improve the efficiency of the COVID-19 vaccination site.
TDH investigation finds 7 instances of vaccine waste in Shelby Co., amounting to more than 2,400 doses Source link TDH investigation finds 7 instances of vaccine waste in Shelby Co., amounting to more than 2,400 doses