February 16, 2021 Health Department Announces Additional Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments;
For Phases 1a1, 1a2 and Adults 70+
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN – The Hamilton County Health Department has added 3,134 second dose Pfizer appointments to the schedule from February 21-24 at the Tennessee Riverpark and the CARTA Bus Barn.
People are encouraged to visit https://vaccine.hamiltontn.gov/ to make their appointment online. Those who do not have access to the internet can call the second dose appointment call center for assistance at 423-209-5399.
A Spanish vaccine webpage and Spanish appointment call center are available for residents who speak Spanish.
All three call center lines are open Monday-Friday from 8AM-4PM. Due to high call volume, callers may experience a busy signal and need to hang up and call back.
Request for transportation to the vaccination site and general COVID-19 questions may be directed to the Health Department’s hotline at 423-209-8383. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8AM-4PM and Saturday 10AM-3PM. Bilingual representatives are available.
Hamilton County’s vaccine distribution is guided by phases according to the State of Tennessee’s Vaccination Plan. Only those eligible for a second dose will be able to make an appointment.
Phase 1a1 includes:
Hospital/Free-Standing Emergency Department Staff with Direct Patient Exposure and/or Exposure to Potentially-Infectious Materials
Home health care staff
COVID-19 mass testing site staff
Student health providers
Staff & Residents of Long Term Care Facilities
(Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Centers, Homes for the Aged, DIDD Residential Centers, Group Homes)
First Responders with Direct Public Exposure including Jailers
Individuals >18yrs who cannot live independently due to serious chronic medical condition or intellectual or developmental disabilities
Phase 1a2 includes:
Other Health Care Workers with Direct Patient Exposure
Primary care providers and staff
Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients
Pharmacists and staff
Urgent visit center providers and staff
Oral health providers
Behavioral health providers
Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens
Funeral/mortuary workers with direct decedent contact
Age Group Bracket:
70 years or older, must be Hamilton County resident
No specific medical conditions are required
Important Information to Know Prior to Appointment
Do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
Wear appropriate clothing to get a shot in upper arm
Bring proof of Hamilton County residency (if applicable)
Bring proof of age (if applicable)
Bring COVID-19 Vaccine Encounter form (if possible; form available for download on registration page)
Be prepared to wait 20 minutes after shot
Be prepared for the entire process to take an hour or more
Vaccination Record Card
When patients receive their first dose with the Health Department, they will receive a Vaccination Record Card with the following important information.
The vaccine manufacturer (either Moderna or Pfizer)
The date the first dose of vaccine was given
The date the second vaccine dose is due
It is important to keep the Vaccination Record Card because when making the appointment for the second dose of vaccine, it helps ensure the correct product is received and in the correct timeframe. The current recommendation is that second dose vaccinations be received either on or after the recommended date on the Vaccination Record Card, not before.
Stay up-to-date on new vaccine appointment information. Follow the health department via their email newsletter and social media accounts, available at this link: Connect With Us.
Download and print the Health Department’s bilingual poster “COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Information” at this link: https://bit.ly/2YFsVOy