East Tennessee health departments are taking COVID-19 appointments for people who qualify.
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/
The Tennessee Department of Health announced it will begin allowing appointments for people in phase 1c, which includes people 16 and older with diabetes, obesity, asthma, cancer, and other high-risk conditions, as well as pregnant women and caretakers of medically frail children starting Monday, March 8.
Currently, K-12 school staff and people 65 and older across 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties, plus Knox County, are being prioritized in phase 1b. People in phases 1a1 and 1a2 remain eligible, including health care workers, first responders, long-term care facility workers, adults unable to live independently, and funeral and mortuary employees.
The state is expecting an increase in the number of vaccinations available, but be aware with more people now eligible for the shot, it may take longer to get one.
Knox County announced on February 16 it is following the Tennessee Department of Health's vaccine rollout to avoid confusion, so it too will move to Phase 1c starting March 8.
The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has launched an online registration portal and waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible people will be able to sign up through the health department's website, or by calling 311 or the Health Department at 865-215-5555.
The University of Tennessee, other hospitals and pharmacies in the area have begun holding vaccine clinics for eligible recipients. Check here for more information on places offering appointments.
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).
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.
Kroger is now offering vaccine appointments at its pharmacies across Tennessee.
Walmart locations across Tennessee began offering vaccine appointments starting Friday, February 12. 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 Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at this link or by calling 865-305-6225.
As of Friday, February 12, Covenant Health’s appointments for the community COVID-19 vaccine clinics are booked up. Officials said they will open more appointment slots depending on the availability of doses.
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.
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.