KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – In coordination with the Tennessee Division of Well being, the Knox County Well being Division has expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to these 70 and older, making that age group eligible for when vaccine subsequent turns into obtainable.
State well being officers estimate there are round 300,000 Tennesseans within the 70-74-year-old age group that will probably be eligible to obtain the vaccine as extra provides make their option to well being departments throughout the state. There are roughly 52,000 people who’re 70 years and older in Knox County.
There are not any obtainable appointments via KCHD presently. Extra alternatives will probably be introduced as extra vaccine is obtained.
The division at the moment makes use of an internet registration system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments and in addition takes appointments from their public info line at 865-215-5555. KCHD plans to launch a brand new automated scheduling and registration platform with a waitlist possibility.
“We’re thrilled to be advancing our vaccine distribution on the state’s timeline as a result of we all know so many on this age group are desirous to be vaccinated,” stated Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. “Numbers appear to be trending in the suitable path and we all know that has so much to do with the group response to the vaccine.”
KCHD will proceed vaccinating these within the first precedence teams, together with well being care staff and first responders, amongst others. A full checklist of qualifying teams might be discovered right here.
“Whereas we’re inspired that extra people who find themselves thought of susceptible and high-risk due to their age at the moment are eligible for the vaccine, we proceed to emphasize that demand for this vaccine nonetheless considerably outpaces provide,” stated Senior Director and Public Well being Officer Dr. Martha Buchanan. “It can take time to vaccinate everybody in these expanded age teams, so we proceed to ask in your persistence as we work to get vaccine out to our group as rapidly as attainable.”
Almost 45,000 vaccinations have been administered in Knox County up to now, in keeping with information from the Tennessee Division of Well being.