While the authorization of vaccines is a turning point in this pandemic, the sobering reality is that Tennesseans are getting sicker, Lee told reporters Thursday.
On Wednesday, the state reported 11,410 new cases, a new record high since the start of the pandemic. Decisions people made over the Thanksgiving holiday is having a severe reality on the hospital system across the state, Lee said.
“One thing this vaccine will not solve, or cure is selfishness or indifference to what is happening to our neighbors around us,” he said.
Lee also added the vaccine is not a cure for foolish decisions on how we gather, or one’s refusal to wear a mask and it won’t cure the idea that someone else’s decision won’t impact another person’s life.
Tennessee is expecting 56,550 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to start arriving to their hospitals statewide.
Earlier this week, the state Department of Health announced it is holding the first shipment of 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine as an emergency backup in the event a hospital’s supply is damaged.