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Tennessee launches online COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling for people who qualify

The online appointment portal hopes to end first-come, first-serve vaccinations that slowed vaccine rollouts across Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As increasingly more people receive the COVID-19 vaccine across Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee announced a new system that may help more people get vaccinated faster.

The state has created an online portal where people across the state can schedule appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, so long as they qualify based on the vaccination phase their county is in. The goal is to alleviate some of the frustrations of long lines, where people may wait without guarantees of getting a shot.

The appointment system is in place for all East Tennessee counties except Knox County -- because Knox County operates independently from the Tennessee Department of Health.    

To access the portal, click here. 

You can also sign up using the map below by clicking on your county and accessing the scheduling site through the "More info" link that appears. Be sure to check the current phase your county is in as well as vaccine availability to ensure you qualify to schedule an appointment.

►Spanish Version: Tennessee lanzará portal digital para citas para vacuna del COVID-19

A new tool from the State of Tennessee also allows people to find answers for some simple questions, to help people find out what phase of the rollout they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in. People can also sign up to be contacted when your group is eligible.

On recommendations from the CDC, the state is using a phased rollout to vaccinate Tennessee residents against COVID-19. Phase one includes healthcare workers, first responders, and people over the age of 75.

Additional people will become eligible as those groups are covered and new vaccines are available. It will take months for everyone to be vaccinated, officials said.