The availability of COVID-19 vaccinations is really picking up in East Tennessee! In addition to county health departments, vaccinations are usually available at hospitals and at retail outlets like Walmart and Kroger.
When you qualify for the vaccine, you should check multiple sources for availability. If you place your name on a waiting list, you should go back and remove it if you elect to get the vaccine somewhere else.
Who is eligible?
By April 5, all adults in Tennessee will be eligible for a vaccine. The state announced that all Tennesseans ages 16 and older will be eligible by that date, along with people in Phase 3, which includes residents and staff members of congregate living facilities including college dormitories, group homes and shelters and those in the corrections system. Phase 3 also includes grocery store workers who were not eligible for vaccination based on previous age or risk-based categories
They join people who were eligible in previous phases:
Where do I get the vaccine?
The CDC has partnered with medical organizations and health departments to provide a COVID-19 vaccine finder that allows people to search by location and vaccine brand across Tennessee. You can find that resource at this link: https://vaccinefinder.org/
On Tuesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 15, the Claiborne County Health Department will be offering COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines on a first-come, first-serve basis at Lincoln Memorial University from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Those 16 and up are eligible.
The Claiborne County Health Department will resume vaccinations by appointment only on Wednesday, April 14, and Friday, April 16.
The clinic will be located on an access road behind LMU's College of Veterinary Medicine Building on the south side of campus.
Participants should enter at the traffic light at the south entrance, also known as the DCOM entrance, and proceed up the hill toward the College of Veterinary Medicine building, turning from the roundabout to the access road that heads towards Highway 63 to join the line for the vaccine.
Once the vaccine is administered, participants will wait in the CVM parking lot for the recommended waiting period before returning to the main boulevard and exiting through the south entrance.
Walters State Community College and Crescent Center Drugs are canceling the vaccine clinic scheduled for April 17 due to the concerns raised by the CDC over the Johnson & Johson vaccine.
The college had partnered with the pharmacy to offer free vaccines in a six-hour clinic at the Walters State Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center.
Ryan Kragel, pharmacist and owner of Crescent Center Drugs, said the pharmacy is no longer administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The pharmacy will continue to provide Moderna vaccines as they become available.
Pellissippi State Community College is pausing operations at its Blount County Campus drive-thru vaccination clinic after the CDC and FDA have recommended a hold on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
College staff will be contacting those who have made appointments to receive their vaccinations this Friday and Saturday.
Pellissippi State is in contact with the Tennessee Department of Health and is awaiting further guidance as the CDC and FDA review data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johson & Johnson vaccine, according to a press release.
College staff is exploring alternate solutions to moving forward with operating the drive-thru vaccination clinic that opened on April 9.
Covenant Health is offering appointments for COVID-19 vaccine clinics as it becomes available. Those eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to visit www.covenanthealth.com/COVID-19-vaccinations for information on when Covenant Health will open more appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. As of March 29, Covenant Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer. The appointments are open to those 16 and up. The Pfizer vaccine is the only one authorized for those 16 and 17 years old.
East Tennessee Children's Hospital continues to make limited supplies of Pfizer vaccine available for the public. If you miss those slots, keep checking back here for future opportunities.
Kroger is now offering vaccine appointments at its pharmacies across Tennessee.
Walmart locations across Tennessee began offering vaccine appointments. That includes several locations in East Tennessee, including ones in Sevierville, Knoxville, Oneida, Murfreesboro, and more. If you want to make an appointment, first create a Walmart account here, then actually schedule an appointment at your preferred location here.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville also announced that it will be taking appointments for vaccinations of eligible people each week on Thursdays at 1 p.m. at this link or by calling 865-305-6225.
The Tennessee Department of Health will operate a drive-thru vaccine clinic on the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in Harrogate beginning on Tuesday, April 6, and will continue to operate on weekdays indefinitely. You can make an appointment through the health department website or by calling 866-442-5301.
The University of Tennessee has canceled its public COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, after the announcement by the CDC and FDA regarding the recommended pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
UT will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, April 16, at the Student Union. They will be offering the Moderna vaccine.
Participants will receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. Do not make an appointment if you have already received the first dose of another COVID-19 vaccine.
Appointments will be available for the second dose on May 14. Participants will be signed up after they receive the first dose.
People who will not be in Knoxville on May 14 will likely be able to schedule their second dose at a local vaccination site.
While vaccinations in Tennessee are open to anyone 16 and older, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for emergency use in people under age 18. UT officials said that the Pfizer vaccine is not available through the university.
Knox County is now vaccinating people 16 and over.
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has been operating an online registration portal and waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine. That waiting list will be taken down on March 29 so that KCHD can get those on the scheduled.
Starting on Monday, April 5, people will be able to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine through the health department's website, or by calling 311 or the Health Department at 865-215-5555.
KCHD has opened a vaccination site at the old Food City location at 4216 North Broadway. It is open to people with appointments only.
For county teachers, Knox County Schools said it has partnered with East Tennessee Children's Hospital to administer the vaccine to employees. A registration process for those interested has been implemented within KCS.
All other local counties
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, the county health departments in the East Region is providing COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment as supplies become available.
Tennessee launched an online vaccination appointment scheduling portal for 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties under the Tennessee Department of Health (excluding Knox County).
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With numerous pharmacies and hospitals now offering vaccine appointments across East Tennessee, TDH has launched a "vaccine finder" map that lets people search for locations offering appointments near them. You can search for a location near you at this link.
While it is recommended, in most cases, you don't have to live in that county to be vaccinated if you otherwise qualify. You should check with the local health department to make sure.