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UT Medical Center reaches milestone of administering 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

UT Medical Center has reached a milestone of administering vaccine doses.
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Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 4:49 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -The University of Tennessee Medical Center has reached a milestone Saturday, administering 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses since Dec. 2020.

“Administering 50,000 vaccine doses is a great accomplishment that benefits all the community and team member recipients who are now at a significantly lower risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Dr. James Shamiyeh, senior vice president and chief quality officer at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “I’m extremely proud of our community volunteers and team members who have poured their hearts and efforts into creating an efficient vaccine clinic that has reached this many people in such a limited time.

According to a release, UT Medical Center has hosted vaccine clinics at the main medical center campus off Alcoa Highway for 5 to 6 days a week since fist receiving vaccine doses.

“We’re working to help the many individuals throughout our community who have transportation or other access issues that make it challenging to go far from home, even to receive something as important as a vaccination that can protect them from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Keith Gray, senior vice president and chief medical officer at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “Additionally, we’re aware that many individuals in the communities we’re reaching are underserved, and that some minority populations have been more adversely impacted by COVID-19, with more hospitalizations and death from the disease. We want to make this vaccine accessible to everyone in our community.”

For more information and to sign up for a vaccination visit the website here.

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