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Nashville will host its largest one-day mass vaccination event later this month.
Metro Health officials said they would make 10,000 appointments available during a drive-thru vaccination event at Nissan Stadium on March 20. The appointments will be open to people in Phase 1A, 1B, 1C, and those 65 and older, officials said.
People who attend the event will only receive a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
City health officials said this March 20 event would not be the only one for Nashville.
The vaccines will take place in parking lots A through D from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. People can sign up for appointments starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Prosecutors are asking that a Tennessee man charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach remain jailed until his trial.
Ronnie Presley of Bethpage made an initial appearance by video in federal court in Nashville on Monday. His charges include obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct impeding official business. The most serious of the charges carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Presley has been in jail since Friday evening, when he was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. In court, Presley agreed to a Friday detention hearing and preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present some of their evidence against him. To be released ahead of trial, Presley will need to convince the judge he is not a flight risk or a danger to his community.
Presley is charged in Washington, D.C., and his case is being jointly handled by both the Nashville and D.C. courts.
After initially deeming that inoculating prisoners could be a “PR nightmare,” Tennessee officials on Tuesday said some inmates were receiving a COVID-19 vaccine — but only those who qualify as part of other groups the state has prioritized.
The Department of Correction has ordered 2,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 980 doses of the Moderna vaccine to be distributed to inmates who are 65 and older or have health conditions that put them in groups already given priority status by the state, department spokesperson Dorinda Carter said in an email.
The department’s announcement came two days after The Associated Press reported that an influential advisory panel tasked with determining eligibility for the vaccine in Tennessee determined that inoculating inmates as part of a priority group would result in “lots of media inquiries.”
Prisoners are currently included in the last group scheduled for vaccines in Tennessee, even though the 40-plus member advisory group initially concluded that “if untreated they will be a vector of general population transmission.”
The Department of Health contended Tuesday that the state’s position has always been that any eligible person may receive the vaccine “regardless of employer, employment status, or the setting in which they live,” agency spokesperson Bill Christian said in an email.
However, that argument conflicts with what the correction agency told the AP last month when officials said they were not vaccinating inmates — even those who qualified based on age — because prisoners were not yet eligible to receive the shot.
Nearly 3% of the state’s 30,000 inmates are over the age of 65, an age group that has been allowed to receive the vaccine since Feb. 22.