MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Corrective action is underway at the Shelby County Department of Health after the state discovered numerous issues with its COVID-19 vaccine delivery system.
A day after the city resumed vaccination efforts, Dr Alisa Haushalter of the health department said they had already made staff changes and were actively seeking to review and adopt state policies. The health department is also working closely with the state to finalize a remediation plan.
Haushalter said she specifically asked the state to stop distributing vaccines to the local health department until they have exhausted their vaccine inventory and until they have thoroughly reviewed the policies and staff.
They are also looking to implement the use of VaxQueue, which was launched by Shelby County over a month ago.
She said the health department reported wasted vaccines to the state in a timely manner and blamed the snowstorm for the very high inventory.
On February 19, the Shelby County Department of Health revealed that 1,315 doses of the vaccine that were due to expire were to be discarded after the ice and snow closed. sites.
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