Tennessee Department of Health officials this week announced the state’s infrastructure plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they are available.
TDH, coordinating with other state and local agencies, submitted an initial draft of the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Tennessee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month.
This, according to a press release that TDH officials published on their website.
The press release said TDH officials have developed a preliminary structure for allocating and distributing COVID-19 vaccines:
• State officials will distribute 5 percent of Tennessee’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines equitably among all 95 counties.
• State officials will reserve 10 percent of Tennessee’s allocation of COVID-19 to use in targeted areas with high vulnerability to illness and death from the virus.
• All 95 of Tennessee’s counties will distribute 85 percent of Tennessee’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines based on their populations.
“TDH modeled this approach to allocation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines after review of the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdictional Operations and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, and in consultation with Tennessee’s Unified Command Group and a stakeholder group of more than 28 partner agencies and offices,” according to the TDH press release.
“TDH will ensure implementation of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program through tracking of provider enrollment, mapping of locations of vaccination services, monitoring performance of the Tennessee Immunization Information System and tracking of vaccine ordering and distribution.”
TDH officials also announced they have launched a new website to provide COVID-19 data, additional health information, and other relevant updates to Tennesseans. The site is now available at COVID19.tn.gov.
This, according to a separate TDH press release.
“The new COVID19.tn.gov website is designed to streamline and simplify some of the most frequently requested COVID-19 data for both desktop and mobile users,” according to the TDH press release.
“The site offers dashboards and daily reports with state and county-level information including case counts, hospitalizations and tests conducted.”
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