2020 Vaccination Later Than Sooner – COVID-19 Update

Hello, this is Ron Woody, Roane County Executive. I would like to take the next several minutes and talk about the forth coming vaccines and timeline of potential availability. I’ve been on three (3) information calls since Tuesday morning, and one thing we have learned is that “change continues to happen.”

Let me say everything that I will share is fluid, meaning that it is subject to change, but this is our most current information and is still important enough to share.

First, I and maybe you have been hearing that the Pfizer vaccine should be available in Tennessee in mid-December, and the Moderna will follow shortly after Pfizer. My Tuesday update was Pfizer being available December 15th and Moderna a few days or weeks later. There are a lot of logistics to these deliveries and distributions. That being said, these dates could change. In today’s call, the December 15th date slipped to December 18th.

Second and more important, the first shipments will not be available to the general public.

Third, the distribution and prioritization is still being made as I speak, and will be a phased distribution of location and priority.

From our understanding, because of the required refrigeration of the Pfizer vaccine, all of Pfizer doses will go to hospitals for first line workers.
There is also not enough of the initial distribution to vaccinate all first line workers. The first Pfizer distribution goes to 26 hospitals in 11 counties. These will not be available to the general public.

Summary: Mid-December Pfizer Vaccine First
 Logistic Issues
 Doses to Health Care Workers/First Responders
 Not enough to vaccinate all of the medical personnel

Add to this, to be vaccinated it takes two (2) doses about 20 days apart, and we still have to vaccinate in priority nursing and assisted living facilities and other vulnerable populations which may be the shipping of Moderna which follows.

All this must take place before the general public will be served.

It could be late winter or early spring before the general population is vaccinated.

We are thankful for the vaccines which will be coming into Tennessee during December. Anyone that receives the vaccine will help in reducing the spread of the virus. The more that are vaccinated, the fewer exposures are possible. But also remember, the effects of the vaccine because of two, will not be seen recuing any spread until mid to late January.

Vaccines for the general public are several months out.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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