A week of UT Medical Center vaccine appointments fill in less than an hour

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The University of Tennessee Medical Center opened registration for the next first-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic and filled them in less than an hour.

Appointments were for vaccinations beginning Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26. The portal opened at 10 a.m. and all available appointments were filed by 10:40 a.m.

People 65 and older as well as teachers were eligible to sign up with UT Medical this time around.

Vaccination appointments were limited to people who are 65 years of age and older and community members who are eligible under phases 1a1, 1a2 and 1b. Click here for more information on priority groups eligible for doses on the Knox County Health Department website.

Groups included in Phase 1b:

  • K-12, childcare teachers and staff
  • Pre-school teachers
  • Other first-responders and administration (dispatchers, communications staff, and other first-responders without significant direct public contact)
  • Airfield operations personnel employed by primary commercial and cargo service airports

You must provide proof of eligibility at the time of your appointment or you will not be able to receive the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people not to take pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin before getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Knox County Health Department recently launched a waitlist for qualified individuals to be contacted when the doses become available.

Through the waitlist platform, qualifying individuals will also be able to be put on a stand-by list in the event of leftover vaccine doses at the end of a clinic which need to be administered before the doses expire. Those on the standby list will need to be readily available to come to the Knox County Health Department or another centrally-located location to receive the vaccine as soon as you are contacted.

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