Shelby County’s well being director resigned Friday.
February 27, 2021, 6:57 AM
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Coronavirus vaccines have been allegedly stolen and two youngsters have been wrongly administered pictures in Shelby County, Tennessee, the state’s high well being official disclosed Friday.
The incident is the most recent in a string of embarrassing hiccups within the county’s vaccine rollout.
Lisa Piercey, Tennessee’s well being commissioner, stated that the state has alerted the FBI in regards to the alleged theft.
The most recent disclosures come on the heels of an announcement made earlier within the week that greater than 2,400 vaccine doses in Shelby County had been wasted over the course of a month, and that the state was transferring management over the storage and distribution of the county’s vaccine stock to the town of Memphis.
To culminate the tumultuous week, the county’s well being director submitted her resignation Friday.
Tennessee Gov. Invoice Lee speaks with reporters about vaccine distribution issues within the state’s most populous county on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn.
In accordance with Piercey, a volunteer is believed to have stolen a number of doses from a vaccine occasion on Feb. 3, apparently by drawing the vaccine into syringes earlier than leaving the location with the syringes.
Piercey’s workplace contacted the FBI Thursday night in regards to the alleged theft.
An FBI spokesman informed the Related Press Friday that the bureau had been made conscious of the state of affairs, however the spokesman didn’t say whether or not an investigation had begun.
The state can also be attempting to find out how two youngsters obtained vaccinated at a separate website on Feb. 3, since not one of the coronavirus vaccines have been accepted to be used in youngsters.
Piercey stated the youngsters arrived with their mom on the website, apparently with appointments, and a volunteer gave them the vaccines.
Neither the theft nor the administration of the vaccines to the youngsters have been reported to the state till Thursday, weeks after they occurred.
Piercey stated she introduced up rumors of stolen doses to Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, who informed her he was conscious of the studies. He later despatched the state extra details about the theft, together with particulars in regards to the youngsters who have been mistakenly vaccinated.
Harris, in a press convention Friday, stated he knew of “suspicious exercise” on the website of the theft inside a day of the incident, and that the difficulty was taken up with regulation enforcement however was not reported to the state.
Harris additionally introduced that Alisa Haushalter, the Shelby County Well being Director, had resigned earlier within the day.
Gov. Invoice Lee, in a visit to a Shelby County vaccine website Friday “to get eyes on the bottom on what’s taking place,” informed reporters there have been some “very critical challenges” within the county’s vaccine rollout and “very disappointing circumstances which have unfolded over the past a number of days.”
Of the transfer to switch management over vaccines to the town of Memphis, Lee stated, “That speaks to the nice deal of concern we’ve got.”
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116