Metro Nashville health officials will continue to administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which will be discussed in an upcoming emergency meeting called by the CDC. According to preliminary reports, there have been double the expected cases of heart inflammation occurring in both Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients.
The CDC meeting is scheduled for this Friday. Officials will discuss whether there exists a definitive link between the two vaccine types and the reported cases of myocarditis and pericarditis. The Tennessee Star inquired with the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) if they would continue administering the Pfizer vaccine up until the CDC holds its emergency meeting. MPHD spokespersons confirmed to The Star that they would.
“Metro is continuing to work with trusted community partners such as faith-based organizations and businesses like those on Mayor [John] Cooper’s Hospitality Advisory Committee in an effort to reach the national vaccination goal of 70 percent,” wrote the spokesperson. “Millions of doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been given in the U.S. and it is very good news that both are more than 90 percent effective in protecting against COVID-19. Pharmacies, health care providers, and health departments nationwide are following the CDC’s guidance which is to continue to provide the vaccine to those 12 and older.”
The Star was prompted to ask about MPHD’s decision regarding the Pfizer vaccine after Cooper announced another vaccination campaign last week, “Shots on Goal.” Any individual who gets the vaccines offered at any of Metro government’s five pop-up clinics will receive a coupon booklet valued at over $100.
“[MPHD] will continue to offer the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccine at our clinics, including the pop-ups that are part of the ‘Shots on Goal’ campaign,” MPHD confirmed.
The first pop-up vaccine clinic occurred last Saturday, with the remainder of the pop-up vaccine clinics to occur this and next weekend.
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