February 16 Covid-19 Vaccine Update
This message is from the Tennessee Department of Health
As we anticipate the receipt of additional doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as the possible FDA Emergency Use Authorization of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine at the end of February, we expect to have the capacity to begin to send doses to private outpatient medical providers, as well. Providers that have already submitted the CDC’s Provider Agreement and Profile to TDH and have received confirmation that the onboarding process may begin receiving vaccines as soon as the week of February 22nd. Weather permitting, first dose vaccines are typically delivered to facilities on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with second dose shipments arriving on Thursday or Friday of the week prior to the due dates of those doses. A confirmation email from McKesson will be sent to the email addresses provided on the CDC Provider Agreement and Profile in advance of deliveries. The ancillary kits, which contains needles, syringes, alcohol wipes, personal protective equipment (PPE), and vaccine record cards, typically arrive the day before or day of vaccine delivery. Please note that ancillary kits do not contain gloves, sharps containers, or bandages.
Allocations will be made to private partners as county allocations allow. Each week, TDH is notified of the State’s allocation by the CDC and the federal operation. That allocation is divided among the 95 Tennessee counties, based upon county Social Vulnerability Index (a CDC measure of a county’s resilience, based upon access to health care, population demographics, income, housing and other factors) and the county’s population. Those county allocations are then assigned to the county health department and the vaccinating providers within that county, with the county health department receiving first right of refusal. TDH makes every effort to allocate across private partners equitably. For example, if there is adequate vaccine to share with private partners, we attempt to send the same initial dose to all partners of that type. Once a first allocation is made, TDH will use the vaccine inventory at that site to inform future allocations. It is critically important that partners report all administered COVID-19 vaccines to TennIIS within 72 hours of administration and reconcile their inventory in TennIIS a minimum of twice per week (daily is encouraged). Failure to take these steps will result in an artificially elevated number of vaccines in inventory and will impact receipt of future allocations. TDH encourages partners to administer vaccines to eligible individuals within seven days of vaccine delivery. Partners that are able to administer doses to the targeted populations quickly will be able to receive additional vaccine allocations, as supply allows. Partners are expected to administer vaccines to populations according to their county’s open phases. Phases are updated daily and may be found here: County Vaccine Info & Appointments – TN COVID http://-19 Hub. TDH monitors vaccine administration and will investigate reports of vaccines being provided outside of the county’s open phases.