East Tennessee health departments are taking COVID-19 appointments for people who qualify.
Most local counties remain in Phase 1a2 of Tennessee's vaccination plan as of January 12, 2021. In that phase, approved groups for receiving vaccines are first responders, health care workers, long-term care facility workers, adults unable to live independently, funeral and mortuary employees, and those 75 and older.
The state is currently ramping up efforts to vaccinate people in long-term care facilities. The state expects more shipments to arrive at pharmacies it has partnered with to administer those vaccines in nursing homes, but expects this will likely result in fewer shipments to county health departments.
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has launched an online registration portal for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Right now, those eligible for the vaccine are health care workers, first responders, and those 75 and older.
On Thursday, KCHD said they will be receiving 975 doses of the vaccine and took appointments for a clinic on January 22, but those were filled very quickly.
On Friday, KCHD opened up an additional 150 COVID-19 vaccine appointments for January 19, 20, and 25, but those were filled very quickly.
More appointments will be opened when KCHD receives more vaccines.
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 Monday for 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties under the Tennessee Department of Health (excluding Knox County).
You can sign up using the map below by typing in the name of your county at the top search bar or by clicking it, accessing the scheduling site through the "More info" link that appears on the left. Be sure to check the current phase your county is in as well as vaccine availability to ensure you qualify to schedule an appointment:
As of January 17, TDH all East Tennessee counties reported they have limited vaccine available. Hancock, Fentress, and Cumberland counties did not have vaccines available. Again, you can use the online portal above to sign up for available appointments in your county.
Knox County is largely independent of the East Region health department and Tennessee Department of Health, so information that applies to most other counties does not necessarily apply to Knox County. It will announce vaccination opportunities when they are available.
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.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccine appointments for people who qualify in phases 1a1 and 1a2, click here.
We will add more vaccine appointment information as we receive it.
At the current rate of vaccine distributions, it would take another year before 70% of the state's population received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
More vaccines are being approved, though, and some supply changes are being made and several other factors are at play that could speed the timeline up.