Nashville spent nearly $10,000 for 7 hours of live music, cheerleaders, and mascots to celebrate mass vaccinations with the now-suspended Johnson & Johnson vaccine. As The Tennessee Star reported, Mayor John Cooper announced these celebratory aspects of the mass vaccination two days before last month’s event.
According to an invoice obtained by The Star, these were costs incurred by “live music production event support.” The invoice didn’t offer any further details about those costs. The exact total came out to $9,836.47.
In our public records request, The Star asked about the total costs of the celebratory aspects of the event – that included the cheerleaders, mascots, and any staff members assisting in the setup or facilitation of the celebratory aspects to the event, like audio engineers.
It is unclear whether the invoice provided by Metro Government covered the total costs of all celebratory aspects of the mass vaccination event. Metro Government officials didn’t respond to inquiries on that matter from The Star by press time.
Last month’s mass vaccination event at Nissan Stadium inoculated around 10,000 individuals with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The CDC has noted that the vaccine is just over 66 percent effective in clinical trials of preventing COVID-19.
24 days later, the CDC and FDA recommended that the J&J vaccine be suspended temporarily due to reports of adverse reactions like blood clots. Tennessee immediately suspended deployment of the vaccine. In the same press release, Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) officials admitted that the suspension wouldn’t have an adverse impact on vaccination rates: they explained that supply continues to surpass demand.
One 29-year-old Nashville woman told reporters that she was one of the reported cases of J&J vaccine blood clots. However, she wasn’t vaccinated through the mass vaccination event; she received the vaccine at a hospital the day before.
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