KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Another vaccine shipment means another opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at the Knox County Health Department.
A shipment that arrived today has led the department to schedule a vaccination clinic for Saturday that will administer the first dose to healthcare workers, first responders and those 75 and older.
People will be able to sign up for appointments on the KCHD website beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, according to Charity Menefee, director of communicable and environmental disease and emergency preparedness at KCHD.
Appointments will not be taken until that time.
Those without internet or computer access can still make appointments by calling the KCHD Public Information Line (865-215-5555).
Menefee said hospitals will soon be offering vaccinations as well. That will be announced as soon as they are available.
An additional 5,000 doses have been received. Nine hundred seventy-five of those will be administered this Friday at prescheduled appointments that are full, Menefee said.
A “significant” portion of the remaining vaccine will be administered as second doses for those already vaccinated at the Health Department.
More than 4,200 doses have been administered by KCHD as of Jan. 21, Menefee said.
More than 14,000 people in Knox County have received their first dose with 11,000 of those fully vaccinated.