In the last couple of days, there has been some confusion over when, where, and how those who currently qualify for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can acquire their first dose in Lincoln County. Printed below is the most up-to-date information on navigating this process, based on guidance issued by the Lincoln County Health Department and Pam Browning, Public Health Director for Lincoln, Coffee, and Moore Counties.
As of this week, those who currently qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine can receive their first dose at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Significantly, appointments are required. Appointments can be made by placing a phone call to the Lincoln County Health department at (931) 433-3231.
Vaccines are currently being administered to those who either meet certain age-based or vocation-based criteria. Those who are age 75 or older may receive a vaccination, and those who fall under classification 1a1 or 1a2 may also receive a vaccination. You can determine your eligibility for a vaccine by clicking the following link: https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/
The below statements have been released by the Tennessee Department of Health and provide supplemental information to aid you in acquiring your first dose of vaccine in the most timely fashion:
- Vaccine supplies are in extremely limited supply, and the demand for vaccines is great. We are pleased with the overwhelming interest Tennesseans are showing in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, and we are working as quickly as possible to provide vaccines as we receive additional shipments.
- As you may have seen in the national media (See Bloomberg map), Tennessee has consistently been ranked in the top 10 states for percentage of doses used and for total doses administered. Last weekend alone, health department staff administered more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Tennessee is dependent on vaccine supplies from the federal government. The federal government controls the maximum amount of vaccine doses that states receive, and please let me assure you that Tennessee is requesting the maximum allotment at every opportunity.
- We are now in a cadence of receiving additional allocations on a weekly basis.
- This week, shipments are expected to begin arriving at Tennessee pharmacies that are partnering with long term care facilities to vaccinate their members and staff onsite. It is vital to get vaccines to those who are the highest risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
- As a reminder, counties will be progressing through vaccine distribution at different paces, as supplies and demand vary. The county phase status list may be found at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/CountyPhaseStatus.pdf.