SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Days after the CDC completed their ultimate report of an investigation into the Shelby County authorities’s alleged mishandling of vaccines.
Shelby County Well being Officer Bruce Randolph spoke out at Thursday’s COVID-19 Taskforce briefing stating that the report exonerates the well being division from allegedly storing vaccines on the flawed temperature in early February.
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“I know that now we have taken some uncalled for and unjustified criticism within the media. Now we have gotten blame for one thing the well being division employees and nurses didn’t do, and I feel it’s my responsibility as a well being officer to deliver that out. This report, in my view, exonerates us, and it reveals that we did our job and you may maintain your head up and never be ashamed,” stated Randolph.
The CDC’s report notes that the vaccines had been allegedly saved on the flawed temperature however had been secure and efficient, so there’s no want for individuals who obtained the pictures to be re-vaccinated.
The CDC’s report doesn’t handle the declare that vaccines had been allegedly stolen by a volunteer and kids had been inappropriately vaccinated.
Randolph stated these incidents shouldn’t be attributed to the well being division.
“Because it pertains to these so-called stolen vaccines, it hasn’t been utterly confirmed, and there’s nonetheless some investigation there. And the vaccination of youngsters didn’t happen on account of a Shelby County nurse or employees individual rendering that vaccine. That’s one thing that must be introduced out and clarified. These incidents occurred at websites that was not managed and manned by the well being division. It was town of Memphis and UT Well being Science Heart that had been over these areas,” stated Randolph.
Dr. McCullers on the College of Tennessee’s Well being Science Heart stated, “two youngsters had been vaccinated by mistake in early Feb. on the Appling web site run by Metropolis of Memphis / College Scientific Well being. Processes have been put in place to make sure that the error with the youngsters is not going to be repeated. The stolen vaccine was reportedly on the Pipkin web site, which UTHSC/UCH didn’t handle at the moment however has since taken it over.”
The state and the CDC have left Shelby County, however there’s a ultimate report that can be despatched to Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.