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Knox County Commission accepts vaccine distribution plan

Monday night, the Knox County Commission discussed and accepted an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a potential COVID-19 vaccine plan.
Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Monday night, the Knox County Commission discussed and accepted an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a potential COVID-19 vaccine plan.

The plan, which can be viewed here, is an agreement between the county and the CDC. The county will have to agree to certain requirements, such as:

  • Organization must administer COVID-19 vaccine and adjuvant, organization must record in the vaccine recipient’s record and report required information to the relevant state, local or territorial public health authority
  • Organization must not sell or seek reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine and any adjuvant, syringes, needles or other constituent products and ancillary supplies that the federal government provides without cost to organization
  • Organization must administer COVID-19 vaccine regardless of the vaccine recipient’s ability to pay COVID-19 vaccine administration fees

The commission chair said such agreements are typical.

The strategy could put the vaccine distribution for the general public in 2021.

Dr. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, said the county looked to purchase some of the potential vaccine, and they would see “who’s willing to take the vaccine," adding they don’t know what that will look like or how many will take it.

The commission meeting started at 5 p.m. and can be viewed here.

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